|Real Madrid's Norwegian forward Martin Odegaard (left) vies with Cultural Leonesa's defender Victor Diaz during the Spanish Copa del Rey (King's Cup) football match Real Madrid CF vs Cultural y Deportiva Leonesa at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on Nov 30, 2016. (JAVIER SORIANO / AFP)|
THE HAGUE - Dutch soccer club sc Heerenveen attracted Norwegian midfielder Martin Odegaard on loan from Real Madrid on Tuesday, with the 18-year-old midfielder signing a one-and-a-half year contract running until mid-2018.
"For my personal development, this is the best decision," Odegaard said during his presentation in Heerenveen. "I am very excited and I think Heerenveen is a great club for me. Real Madrid is a very big club with a lot of good players, so it is difficult to play there as a young player. That is the reason to try something else and get to play more."
The Norwegian prodigy had moved from Norwegian club Stromsgodset IF to Real Madrid in January 2015 and penned a deal for six years.
At that time Odegaard was the hottest prospect in Europe, courted by a host of other clubs including Bayern Munich, Manchester United, Arsenal and Ajax. He had already made history by becoming the youngest ever player in a European Championships qualifier at the age of 15 for Norway.
Odegaard made his Real Madrid league debut on May 23, 2015, but afterwards he did not get another chance. With Real Madrid Castilla, his second team, he was active at the third level in Spain. This season, Odegaard played one match for the first team, on November 30 last year against Cultural Leonesa (6-1).