Martin Odegaard: Zidane is a great coach

Martin Odegaard: Zidane is a great coach


Real Madrid Castilla playmaker Martin Odegaard has praised manager Zinedine Zidane in an interview with British newspaper Daily Mail.

The Norway international dismissed rumours of him being unhappy to stay at Los Blancos reserve team and explained he is willing to keep learning from the Frenchman.

“Zidane is a great coach, a great man to learn from. He was one of the best in the world and it is a privilege to work with him,” the 16-year-old stated.

Asked about his chances of getting some first team action this year, Odegaard didn’t seem too worried about it: “I have spoken a little bit with Rafa Benitez but not too much at the minute. My focus is to become a better footballer and develop every day.”

Asked about his decision to join Real Madrid, Odegaard admitted he was tempted by several Premier League clubs: “I visited Liverpool and both Manchester teams, and they all looked good, but my choice was Real Madrid and I’m very happy with it. Madrid is very good. It is the best place if you want to become a better footballer. Maybe (England) will happen in the future and the time will show but right now I am very happy where I am with my club and the situation there.”

The Norwegian pearl confessed he likes wearing the number 10 shirt for Real Madrid Castilla: “I have been given the No 10 shirt and it is a big responsibility having that number but it is the one that I like and I am just going to enjoy it.”