Real Sociedad legend Roberto Lopez Ufarte believes Martin Odegaard has surprised everyone with his progress and is set for a huge Real Madrid career.
Martin Odegaard is currently on loan from Real Madrid to Real Sociedad. It had been questioned not just when but if he would ever return to the Santiago Bernabeu.
Now it’s not a case of if or when, but more a matter of who is going to make way for an almost certain first-team starter.
Roberto Lopez has paid close attention to the Real Madrid youngster while he has been at his beloved Sociedad.
Lopez spoke to Noticias de Gipuzkoa he is adamant that the loan has been perfect for the youngster to showcase his potential. But he admits that he thinks everyone has been surprised by just how good he has been.
“Odegaard knows why he came here, to show people, to show that he has a lot of ability and that he is waiting for a spot to open up at Real Madrid.”
“He didn’t just surprise the Real Sociedad fans and the staff but Real Madrid people too and all of Spain.
“He has almost all of the tools to play in midfield.”
“We won’t just speak about his technique, which is exquisite.”
“He knows the exact moment when he has to do something and when to give the ball but what also stands out is his recoveries and pressures.”
“I won’t say he reminds me of Xabi Alonso, who impacted things in a different way during his time.”
“But at the same time he was a midfielder who did these racking passes that stood out, and yes, he has many similar things and he isn’t too far off Xabi.”
“These are just my thoughts, but possibly in the next year when Modric leaves.”
The loan to Sociedad is just the most recent of several that the Norwegian youngster has been on from Real Madrid. He has impressed with other top-flight teams too.