Reports in the Spanish press claim Real Madrid could finally recall Martin Odegaard following an impressive loan campaign.
After a series of loan spells in the Netherlands, Odegaard returned to Spain last summer by joining Real Sociedad on a two-year loan deal from Real Madrid.
The 21-year-old has enjoyed a breakthrough campaign in La Liga, playing a vital part in La Real’s sixth-place finish. He also contributed four goals and six assists in 31 outings.
Such was Odegaard’s importance to the Basque club that many have already tipped him to succeed Ballon d’Or winner Luka Modric at Real Madrid in the near future. It’s quite a turnaround for someone who was widely considered ‘a cast off’ not so long ago.
Now Diario AS has claimed that Odegaard’s progress in Anoeta has led Zinedine Zidane to request a return to the Bernabeu for next season.
The Real Madrid boss likes what he has seen from the Norwegian and has ‘assured’ him that he will be able to compete for a spot in the first-team.
Following this alleged chat with Zidane, Odegaard is open to a return to Madrid despite previously stating he would be happy to stay at Sociedad for another season.
The midfielder’s return will also inject some much-needed creativity into Real Madrid.
Real Sociedad president Jokin Aperribay, who recently declared Odegaard will stay in Anoeta, has allegedly received word from his Real Madrid counterpart Florentino Perez over this change of plans.