Martin Ødegaard’s Stats Show Exactly Why Ajax Want To Sign Him In The Summer

Ajax might have already sold Frenkie de Jong to Barcelona and could risk losing other players in the summer, including club captain Matthijs de Ligt, but Martin Ødegaard could be a fantastic new addition to their squad in the transfer window.

The 20-year-old Norwegian attacking midfielder has been spending time in the Eredivisie on a season-long loan with Vitesse, but his future remains uncertain at parent club Real Madrid.

Recent reports suggested that he would be one of 14 players that could be shown the door at Los Blancos in the summer, but Ajax have had an interest in the player in the past and could snap him up for around €20m.

Well, Ødegaard's stats show exactly why Ajax would want to bring him to the Johan Cruyff Arena.

For Vitesse, the Norway international has the most assists for his team this season at ten and also has most goal contributions at 18.

In fact, the former Strømsgodset player also had the most chances created at 110 and most take-ons completed at 87.

Vitesse's Thulani Serero admitted last month that Ødegaard would be the right fit for Ajax.

"[Ødegaard] can handle it," he said.

"If I were Ajax, I would try to buy [him], because Martin is a great football player."

The Madrid player is also well aware of the interest from the Eredivisie champions, saying that he was flattered by the interest from the club.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

"I try not to pay attention to it. I have to play well and score goals," he told De Telegraaf.

"If I do, clubs will watch you and a decision will be made in the summer where I will play. Ajax is a good club.

"I think that's too much money [€20m]. I do not think that I have to cost so much money. But my agent talks to the people in Madrid and I hear later what comes from that."

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