Martin Odegaard still has his sights on a future at Real Madrid and insists that he can still make an impact at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The Norway international who joined the Los Blancos at the age of 16 is still waiting for his big break at the club 4 years after.
The Norwegian established himself as one of the highly sought after youngsters in Europe after his debut with Norwegian side Stromsgodset at age 15.
Real Madrid won the race for his signature but he is yet to hit the ground running at the Bernabeu. He has just 2 appearances for Madrid to his name.
Odegaard, now 20, has been garnering experience over the last four years from loan spells at Eredivisie sides Heerenveen and Vitesse. He will be spending the rest of the 2019/20 season with La Liga outfit Real Sociedad on loan.
In a chat with TV2, he said: “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.”
Meanwhile, Odegaard has made an impressive start to life at Real Sociedad in the ongoing campaign with 2 goals in 4 appearances. He hit double figures in goals at Vitesse last season and believes he can still fulfill his potential at Real Madrid.
“My goal is still to play for Real Madrid,” Odegaard added.
“That’s why I signed for them, because I want to play there someday.”
He also pointed out the series of developments he has attained in 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.”