Martin Odegaard Joins Vitesse Arnhem On Loan For 2018/19 Season
The career of Norwegian wonderkid Martin Odegaard hasn't exactly gone to plan but at least he will getting much-needed game-time after joining Vitesse Arnhem on loan for the season.
The 19-year old was sent on loan to Heerenveen in the Eredivisie for 18 months and now returns to the Dutch top flight with Chelsea's partner club.
OFFICIAL: Real Madrid midfielder Martin Odegaard has joined Vitesse Arnhem on a season-long loan. pic.twitter.com/iP06EUiRPy
- TransferNewsCentral (@TransferNewsCen) August 21, 2018
Martin Ødegaard will be the replacement for Mason Mount, who impressed at the no. 10 position during the last few months of last season. The midfielder signed a 6-year contract with Real Madrid in 2015 and became the youngest player to play for Norway at senior level. pic.twitter.com/udhPUyGvVH
- Lars (@VitesseChels) August 21, 2018
Martin Ødegaard has returned to the Eredivisie. He's joined SBV Vitesse on a season-long loan from Real Madrid.- Scouted Football (@ScoutedFtbl) August 21, 2018
Can't help but feel that this is somewhat of a sideways step for him, particularly following his successful 18 month spell at SC Heerenveen.
After struggling for game-time at Los Blancos, making just two appearances for the first-team and predominantly playing for the club's Castilla side following his big move from Strømsgodset, Odegaard was sent out on loan in January 2017.
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He made a decent impression for Heerenveen in his 18 month stint there and then returned to Real Madrid for pre-season this summer.
Martin Ødegaard in the new red third kit. pic.twitter.com/kXxR6STX2a- :flag_no: U20 WORLD CUP!!! (@FCNorge) August 6, 2018
Julen Lopetegui had a good look at him but after he entered the fray after half-time against Manchester United in the United States, the Madrid manager substituted him in the 77th minute after just 31 minutes.
The 13-time European champions have thus decided to loan him out to the Eredivisie for a second time as they look to develop him further. He was linked with a Championship move but Vitesse, who finished in sixth position last term, will be his next destination.
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