Season-Long Loan For Teenager
Real Madrid forward Martin Odegaard has joined Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem on a season-long loan.
The 19-year-old Norway international recently returned to the Bernabeu following an 18-month loan spell at Vitesse’s Eredivise rivals Heerenveen. But he moves back to the Netherlands with a Vitesse side that finished in sixth place in the 18-team league last season.
“For the past year and a half I have played in the Eredivisie,” Odegaard told the Vitesse website. “I was impressed by Vitesse. I got to know Vitesse as a good footballing team with an offensive and dominant view of the game. I think that way of playing is good for me.
“Vitesse has also shown that it gives young players a chance to dare. That is why I am happy with the opportunity that Vitesse offers me.”
The Dutch side’s technical director Technical director Marc van Hintum added: “We are very pleased that Martin has chosen Vitesse. Despite interest from other clubs we were able to convince Martin with the vision that Vitesse stands for. Martin has qualities that can give a team a boost. ”
Odegaard made his international debut for Norway as a 15-year-old while he was with Stromsgodset in his homeland. He moved to Real in 2015 but he only made two first-team appearances before being allocated to the reserve team in Spain’s third division. He was loaned out to Heerenveen in January 2017 and made a total of 43 appearances for the side scoring two goals.