Real Madrid or Real Sociedad? Operation Odegaard is underway

The midfielder's form in Spain could see him make early Madrid return

Odegaard está brillando con la Real Sociedad
Odegaard está brillando con la Real Sociedad | AFP

Martin Odegaard's fine form with Real Sociedad this season has brought him back into Real Madrid's view ahead of next season. At the Santiago Bernabeu there is already talk that he could be recalled from his loan at San Sebastian in the summer, despite the fact he's signed up for two years, until June 2021. 

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According to COPE, in the contract signed between the two clubs last summer, there is no financial penalty in the event Madrid decide to bring the Norwegian international back early. for that reason, the ball is in the court of the Real Madrid coach, Zinedine Zidane.


A definitive decision's not been made yet. Everything will depend on the French coach's plans. There is no rush to make a call either way. The coaching staff and the board at Madrid want to see if Odegaard can sustain his form all season. They will also only bring him back if they are sure he will have quality minutes with the first team. They don't want to halt his progression. 

There has not yet been any contact with Real Sociedad. In fact, La Real don't expect him to be recalled early. Their president, Jokin Aperribay, said in an interview with 'Diario Vasco' that they are counting on Odegaard hanging around next year. "If he sees he still has room to improve here, I think he will stay for another year," he said. 


Since he joined Madrid in 2015, aged 16, Odegaard has been on loan at Heerenveen, Vitesse and now Real Sociedad. He has played first-team games for Madrid in La Liga and the Copa del Rey. 

The midfielder has been forced to look away from Madrid to develop, aware that minutes were not forthcoming there. At 21, he's getting them at La Real. He has played 16 league games and scored four goals this season. 


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