Real Madrid have agreed a deal to sign 16 year- old Norwegian forward Martin Odegaard from Stromsgodset IF in Norway.  

Odegaard was presented to the media yesterday at a news conference in Madrid.  He took a picture with his new team-mates Sergio Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo on sporten.com!

Real Madrid have not disclosed the financial terms of the transfer but the Spanish media have reported the deal to be around €3 million.

Odegaard made his debut for Stromsgodset IF in April 2014, becoming the youngest player in the Norwegian professional #Football league, where he soon became its youngest goal scorer. Since his debut for the club, he has contributed with five goals and seven assists in 23 appearances. He is a pure talent that plays with a maturity that is beyond his years; his father is Hans-Erik Odegaard, who made over 200 appearances for local club Stromsgodset in his career and is currently a youth coach at Real Madrid.  

As a 15 year - old the youngster made his international debut for Norway in August and in October he became the youngest player to feature in a qualifier for the 2016 UEFA qualifier in matches against Malta and Bulgaria! 

Despite his age, it is the manner of the quality of goals he has been scoring that has since earned him plaudits and admirers from bigger clubs; he has been linked with all of Europe’s biggest clubs in this transfer window.  

Odegaard will now train with the Los Blancos first and the reserves and will play with the Castilla (Real Madrid B).  The team is coached by former France legend Zinedine Zidane, and is competing in the third tier of Spanish football.

The teenager is predominantly left-footed and has drawn comparisons to Barcelona’s Lionel Messi for his style of play and his finishing.  He models himself on Messi, often timing his runs into the penalty box with perfection and precision; he has a good shot and a great sense of awareness of where he needs to be positioned, which is why Los Blancos are convinced he will be a star of the future.

There will be a few people at Los Blancos who will be keeping their eyes on the kid: his father Hans-Erik, Zinedine Zidane and Carlo Ancelotti, but surely, others from big European clubs will be monitoring as well.

The kid still supports Liverpool – so, who knows!