Real Madrid wonderkid Martin Odegaard has revealed that he turned down three offers to come to the Premier League before deciding that the Bernabeu was the place for him, according to the Daily
The 16-year-old is undoubtedly one of the most exciting prospects in the game, having made his international debut at the age of just 15.
Understandably therefore, the Norwegian was attracting the interest of many of Europe’s biggest sides, and he explained that there was a strong English contingent chasing his signature, but stands by his decision to join the Spanish giants (via Star).
“I visited Liverpool, the two Manchester teams and they were all very nice but my choice was Real Madrid and I am very happy with that,” he said.
“Madrid is very good. It is the best place if you want to become a better footballer,” he added.
Despite the hype surrounding the youngster, it appears that Los Blancos are intent on ensuring that he progresses gradually, rather than throwing him in at the deep end which has led to many prospects failing to deliver on their potential.
While he is usually a part of the Castilla side run by Madrid great Zinedine Zidane, he did make his first-team debut on the final day of last season when he replaced Cristiano Ronaldo – which seemed somewhat symbolic of the passing of the guard that may happen a few years down the line.