Martin Odegaard has ruled out a big-money move in the near future after insisting he wants to fulfill the full two years of his loan spell with Real Sociedad.
The Norwegian prodigy joined Sociedad on loan from Real Madrid this summer and his excellent start to the season has caught the eye of a host of Premier League clubs, including Manchester United, City and Arsenal.
There were suggestions Real Madrid may try and cut his loan spell at Sociedad short so they can cash in on the 20-year-old as soon as possible.
Martin Odegaard wants to stay at Real Sociedad for two years, ruling out a big-money move
However, Odegaard has now revealed he has no intention of leaving Sociedad any time soon and is committed to staying until 2021.
‘My intention is to play here two years, that is important to me and I haven’t thought about anything else,’ Odegaard told ESPN Deportes.
‘I have changed teams for two seasons in a row. For young players and for me it is also good to have some stability. That’s why I want to stay here for two years.
‘Real Sociedad are a great club and hopefully we can play in Europe next season. My intention is to stay two years. There were many interested teams but for me it is important to have the feeling that the club really loves me and that their football style adapts to my characteristics.
‘These kinds of things are more important than playing the Champions League at this stage of my life. I felt that the project was perfect for me. I felt the club really loved me and I liked the game idea that the Coach had. It was the perfect combination for me. It seemed the right choice.
‘My dream is to play for Real Madrid and I hope I’m still a Real Madrid player 10 years from now. I feel like I’m playing more maturely. I’m creating more plays, running more and I feel stronger. I think this is all part of my development as a player.’
The 20-year-old has been in fine form since joining Real Sociedad on loan this summer
Odegaard arrived in Madrid with promise, but failed to make an early impact at the club
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has set his sights on his fellow Norwegian as he attempts to build a new, youthful side at Old Trafford.
He is beginning to show his early promise with a series of stunning displays for the La Liga side, scoring twice and laying on two assists as the Basque side have climbed to fifth in the table.
Odegaard signed for Madrid as a 16-year-old from Norwegian outfit Stromsgodset for a reported €3m (£2.6m) in 2015, with many touting him as a wonderkid.
But the youngster has struggled to make an impact on the big stage – making just one start for the Spanish giants and subsequently loaned out to Dutch sides Heerenveen and Vitesse in recent seasons.
Other potential suitors for the Norwegian include Borussia Dortmund, Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan.