On-loan Real Madrid youngster Martin Ødegaard considered a move to Manchester City aged 16 – and turned them down because he wasn’t promised first team football.
That’s according to a recent report from The Athletic, who state that Ødegaard was shown around City’s training ground in 2014 ahead of a proposed move to Manchester.
However, Txiki Begiristain reportedly told the young Norwegian and his representatives that it would “take longer” for the player to reach the first team than had been “promised” by Real Madrid.
Ødegaard chose the Spanish club, signing for them in January 2015, and started out playing in their reserve squad – which was then managed by current Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane. He made his first start for the club nearly two years later in a cup game and went on loan to the Eredivise shortly after his full debut.
With loans at SC Heerenveen, Vitesse and Real Sociedad under his belt, Ødegaard has managed an impressive one start(s) for Real Madrid’s first team, scoring no goals. His other one appearance(s) came from the bench. He may now find himself wishing he’d taken Madrid’s promises with a pinch of salt as a child.
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