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Martin Odegaard
Gender Male
Ethnic Norwegian
Job Norwegian Footballer
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Club as Player Real Sociedad [Loan]
  Real Madrid

2019 06 05 Retrieve

[Martin Odegaard admits it will be difficult to play at Real Madrid next season] I do not want this summer to pan out like last summer. It was a very good year; I took big steps and I grew more in my game. Now I want to go on vacation, but I do not want summer to repeat itself, it was not good for me. The indication from Real Madrid is that they are very happy with me, but it is difficult to play there and probably it will also be the case next season. They have also sold many players with a repurchase clause. I just want to go somewhere where I have the opportunity to play and a coach that believes in you.

2019 06 09 Retrieve

[Martin Odegaard said the Norway women’s team ‘deserves better’ in scathing criticism aimed at Ballon d’Or-winning striker Ada Hegerberg following her decision not to play at the Women’s World Cup] Maybe you could find something better to do than to disturb the preparations of the national team for the World Cup. They have qualified on behalf of our country, one of the most important things that a soccer player can experience, and they have already received enough negative pressure. It’s not the time. The team deserves something better.

2019 07 05 Retrieve

[Real Madrid midfielder Martin Odegaard has agreed terms on a loan move to Real Sociedad for the 2019-20 campaign] Real Madrid CF and Real Sociedad have agreed to the transfer of player Martin Odegaard for the next season, until June 30, 2020

2019 09 17 Retrieve

[Martin Odegaard clinging to Real Madrid dream despite heading out on another loan] At the end of last season, I felt like it would be best for me not to return to Madrid. At Madrid, there are lots of big-name players and there is a lot of competition [for places]. It was obvious that it was better for me to ask for a new loan, which I think the club also accepted. That’s why we decided so soon

My goal is still to play for Real Madrid. That’s why I signed for them, because I want to play there someday

[He went on to say of his development over recent years] I feel like I’ve improved a lot in the last two years. I think I’m a better player and I’m more mature, older and a little stronger [physically]. I feel better now than when I first came to Spain. Age also helps, of course

2019 09 19 Retrieve

[Odegaard is no stranger to working under Zidane, having been blown away by the club legend’s skill when he first moved to Spain] I trained with the first team and played games with the reserves when Zidane was our coach. It was great to be coached by Zidane but sometimes it wasn’t good for your self-confidence - when he showed us how we should do certain things in training…what technique!

My goal is still to play for Real Madrid. That’s why I signed for them, because I want to play there someday. I feel like I’ve improved a lot in the last two years. I think I’m a better player and I’m more mature, older and a little stronger. I feel better now than when I first came to Spain. At the end of last season, I felt like it would be best for me not to return to Madrid. At Madrid, there are lots of big-name players and there is a lot of competition [for places]. It was obvious that it was better for me to ask for a new loan

2019 10 03 Retrieve

[Martin Odegaard sees his long-term future at Real Madrid despite currently taking in a loan spell at Real Sociedad and sparking talk of interest from the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City] My intention is to stay [at Sociedad] two years and I think that’s important for me, too. I have had two seasons in a row where I’ve changed teams. To have some stability is good [and] this is a great club and hopefully we can get European football for next season. Of course I want to play there [Madrid] but I’m still young so I’m happy here at the moment. I am here two years and after that we will see. Madrid will always sign good players, that’s important for the club, they want to be the best club in the world and that’s normal. I’m dreaming to be the best I can be. You never know what happens in football but my dream, and what I’m hoping for is to play for Madrid

[Odegaard was acquired by Madrid for an initial outlay of just €3 million] I’m glad they didn’t pay as much as they are these days. For me it’s a bit crazy, nowadays. I don’t feel I’m worth that much money, even the money they paid for me… that’s too much! It feels strange for me and now it’s getting more and more crazy. I don’t like it really, to be honest

[He already has two goals to his name, having managed 11 across all competitions for Eredivisie outfit Vitesse last season] It’s better to be here and getting used to La Liga and the language, so it was the natural step in this way. There were a lot of teams interested after last season but for me, it’s important to have the feeling the club really wants you and the way this club plays suits me. These things are more important than Champions League football to me at this stage. I got really inspired here, and I felt like the project was perfect for me. I felt like the club really wanted me and the way the coach wanted to play was the perfect match for me. It felt right

2019 11 21 Retrieve

[Odegaard prepared to wait five years for Real Madrid chance] My goal is to succeed at Real Madrid, but I’m happy at La Real for now. I don’t care if I have to wait two or five years to play for Real Madrid. I want to win La Liga with Real Madrid

[Odegaard will get the chance to put another dent in Madrid’s title ambitions of 2019-20 when he takes to the Bernabeu pitch this weekend. He is confident that he will be fit enough to play some part in that contest] My ankle is much better, I hope to be at the Bernabeu on Saturday. I played through the pain against Levante and after I think it was the right decision to stop for a bit. Now I feel better. I haven’t stopped working in order to return as soon as possible. Playing against Real Madrid is a special match, but I want to play every game. If I score at the Bernabeu, I won’t celebrate. If I score against La Real in the future, I won’t either

2019 11 22 Retrieve

[Odegaard has learned to deal with the pressure that comes with being touted as ‘the next big thing’] I don’t care much about hearing criticism. When I started in Norway at 15 years old I had a lot of attention, above all positive comments. Later, when I was at Madrid, they were negative, maybe some very negative attention. I think that it’s not always black and white. I try only thinking about the next day and to keep improving; that’s the most important thing. When you play football you can’t always think about what other people say

[Odegaard turned heads in the capital with his fine display in Real Sociedad’s 2-0 win over Atletico Madrid on September 14] Before signing him we had seen him and we knew what he could do. What surprises me is how he [performs] day by day

2019 12 13 Retrieve

[Real Madrid star Martin Odegaard reveals Barcelona tried to sign him] There were many teams that called my father and, yes, he travelled to Barcelona once, but in the end it was not the move for me. I think my football would fit Barcelona, but I believe that’s also the case with Real Madrid. They want to win well and play with that offensive style … I like Spanish football where all teams are strong

[he is looking forward to the challenge of playing against Ernesto Valverde’s side, and is particularly eager to lock horns with Lionel Messi] Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the best in the world and it’s special to play against them. I like his style, of course. I can learn a lot from him by seeing how he does things, but he’s on another level and I don’t ever want to compare my game with him, he’s amazing. Barcelona are playing very well just now but I think we can beat the best teams. Against Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid, we were fine. It will be special and we want to play a good game and give them problems

2019 12 28 Retrieve

[Martin Odegaard loaned to Man City? Real Sociedad ‘confirm deal’ on Holy Innocents Day] Real Sociedad have reached an agreement with Manchester City over the loan of Martin Odegaard. The player is set to stay at Manchester City until the end of the season. The txuri urdin club wants to thank and offer recognition for the job done by Martin. He has shown great professionalism, dedication and loyalty to this club and we wish him well for the future. We are forced to take this difficult decision in order to avoid possible media comments for the next six months

2020 03 02 Retrieve

[Martin Odegaard insists he is very happy at Real Sociedad and wants to stay for the duration of his two-year loan spell, rather than return to Real Madrid] When people ask if I will be here to play in the Champions League, I always say that I’m very happy here and that the plan is to play for La Real for two years. Playing against the best teams in the world is something that is great for a player and it’s a dream for me. However, there are some very good teams in the fight, like Getafe, Atletico Madrid, Sevilla and Valencia

Two things make me very excited, as we want to win the Copa del Rey and qualify for the Champions League. I spend every day looking at the photo in Zubieta in which you can see the cup which was won in Zaragoza. I learned very quickly of the importance of this picture and now I look at it with envy. It’s been a long time for the fans and it’s normal for them to be excited, we are too

[Sociedad have built a strong squad this season, with players such as Adnan Januzaj and Nacho Monreal adding both quality and depth] We have very good players and a deep squad, in which changes can be made without noticing them

2020 04 02 Retrieve

[On his personal goal] For young players, and for me right now, it is crucial to have game time. At Madrid I think it’s difficult to obtain. There are a lot of great players there and competition is huge. It was obvious that the best thing I could do was ask for another loan.

My goal is still to play with Real Madrid. That’s why I signed with them. For me, that is the place to be, I feel like I have improved in these last two years, I’m a better player, stronger and more mature