‘One of the most technical players I’ve seen’ – 11 quotes on Martin Odegaard

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As Gareth Bale seems to draw closer to a Real Madrid exit, a space is opening up for Martin Odegaard. And the Norwegian has been using a loan spell at Real Sociedad to put forward a fantastic audition.

It’s now nearly five years since Odegaard moved to Madrid as a teenager, and his last performance – against Los Blancos for loan side Real Sociedad – only added to the hype to let him add to his 32 La Liga minutes in a Real Madrid shirt.

Here’s what players, coaches and journalists have been saying about him as the clamour for a return to the Spanish capital gathers pace.

Zinedine Zidane

“Since the beginning of the season he’s looked good, contributing a lot to the team. We’re not going to talk about the future.”

Lars Lagerback

“He has a great potential, and he is one of the most technical players that I ever seen. With more experience, I think that he can be a really, really class player.”

Oliver Kay

“Odegaard, a playmaker with a sublime touch and a wonderful sense of vision, is about as far from the Norwegian stereotype as is imaginable.”

Kim McCauley

“Almost everyone overreacted to Ødegaard’s failure to reach superstar status as a teenager. Real Madrid, thankfully, did not. As a result, they might have a perfect Modric replacement waiting in the wings without spending a dime in the transfer market.”

Carlos Carpio

“The Norwegian is in the best moment of his young career, leading a team that play the best football in LaLiga Santander.”

Jan Aage Fjortoft

“I was watching him in the warm-up and … yeah, wow. Then the match started and after ten minutes, I knew. I texted my friend in England and said, ‘This kid is the real deal’.”

Lee Roden

“If he keeps this up throughout the season, Ødegaard will make a case to be a regular member of Madrid’s first team squad that will be difficult to ignore.”

Guillem Balague

“People wanted to give him the ball and he does things when he has the ball.”

Sid Lowe

“Martin Odegaard has probably been La Liga’s best midfielder.”

Leonid Slutsky

“He can eventually play at the best clubs in the world. But he has to develop further.”

Martin Odegaard

“I feel I’m playing like more of an adult now. I feel like I’m creating more, running more, feeling stronger on the pitch, and I feel like it’s part of growing up.”

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