Martin Odegaard has signed a new contract extension at Real Madrid, the 18-year-old has confirmed.
The Norwegian, who was acquired by Los Blancos back in January 2015 from Strømsgodset as a star of the future, has spent the bulk of his time since joining the Whites in the club’s Castilla side.
While he is spending this season on loan at SC Heerenveen, Odegaard’s existing Real deal was set to expire next summer – but that has now been resolved.
It is reported by Marca that his new extension sees him belong to the Bernabeu giants until at least 2021.
When asked about his contractual future and terms by VG Sporten, the teen said: “A little more than 2018, at least.”
He added: “I don’t want to say much more at the moment.”
Odegaard’s release clause will reportedly increase as part of the deal in an indication that Real are looking to build a team for the future, with the likes of Vinicius Jr, Dani Ceballos and Theo Hernandez all signed up over the summer.
The Whites have yet to officially confirm the news.
Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane will make full use of his star-studded squad as Los Blancos prepare for a busy September in all competitions.
When the Whites’ glut of international stars return from international duty next week, Saturday’s home clash with Levante (September 9) kicks off a marathon month that will see the La Liga and European champions play seven matches in 22 days.
It all starts with a home game against Levante on September 9 before they kick off their Champions League campaign against APOEL Nicosia at the Bernabeu four days later (September 13).
And according to Marca, boss Zidane will ring the changes – like he did throughout last season – to ensure everyone gets a chance to impress.
That will likely see reserve goalkeeper Kiko Casilla, new signing Theo Hernandez and young midfielder Marco Llorente all come into the starting line-up and the possibility of key stars Marcelo and Isco, among others, enjoying a weekend off.
Last term, Zidane made a total of 13 changes immediately after international breaks in September, October, November and March (Marca) – and is a man very much in favour of the rotation policy.
Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo won’t be available until the home clash against Real Betis on September 21 – as he still has two more matches to sit out following his five-match suspension.
He will however be able to play in Real’s opening Champions League opener against APOEL Nicosia.
Real Madrid are set for a marathon month after the international break ends, with the La Liga and European champions scheduled to play seven matches in 22 days.
It all starts with a home game against Levante on September 9, before kicking off their Champions League campaign against APOEL Nicosia at the Bernabeu four days later (September 13).
The European opener should see the return of Cristiano Ronaldo, who is currently serving a five-game domestic ban for pushing a referee against Barcelona last month. As the ban doesn’t apply to European games, the Portuguese star will be available for selection.
He will, however, miss Madrid’s match against Real Sociedad on September 17, before returning for a home game against Real Betis on September 20.
Three days later, Madrid will travel to the Basque country to face Alaves, before rounding off the month with a trip to Dortmund in the Champions League on September 26, followed by a home game against Espanyol on October 1.