As he concludes his footballing tour of Europe, Martin Ødegaard trained with the Real Madrid reserves under club legend Zinédine Zidane on Tuesday, according to multiple reports around the continent. Norwegian newspaper Drammens Tidende, located in the city where he currently plays his club football at Strømgodset IF, is reporting he is also supposed to train with Real Madrid's first team in three days.
This is the second time Ødegaard and his father, Erik, a trip the two sides agreed to before Christmas, according to Dagbladet. Ødegaard has trained with Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Manchester United, Liverpool, and Arsenal as well, but Bayern and Real Madrid are supposedly the only clubs that Ødegaard has visited multiple times – he supposedly visited Bayern over the summer as well.
Verdens Gang reported that he and his father are also in Madrid to sign a contract with Los Blancos. The Spanish giants reportedly picked up the two and Ødegaard's agent Tore Pedersen, and Pedersen allegedly has a contract for Ødegaard to sign. However, a source close to Ødegaard told Drammens Tidende that the sought-after starlet has not made up his mind.
Ødegaard turned 16 on December 17, making him eligible to sign a professional contract in Europe. His current contract with Strømsgodset IF expires at the end of 2015 (the Norwegian season runs from March until November).
Bild is under the impression that Bayern still have a chance to land the Norwegian prodigy, who trained in a private session on the Säbener Straße just before his 16th birthday. Reports in December suggested that Ødegaard was on his way to Munich, but those suggestions proved false due to his continued training ground tour.
Many expect Ødegaard's decision to come at the end of January, when the winter transfer window is due to close.