Martin Ødegaard (21) eases the veil a bit on how the return to Real Madrid became a reality this summer.
– Initially, it was two years I had envisioned staying in Real Sociedad, but then I got a call from Madrid that they wanted to get me back. Then it really became very natural the way things were. It went fast towards the end, but there was no great drama. They wanted me back, and that’s how it was.
– Did Zinédine Zidane call you then?
– I talked to him, yes, both him and the club, says Ødegaard to VG and continues:
– They were clear that they wanted me. I have always had a dream and a goal to play there. It was not a big drama.
The Drammen player started the first two games of the season for Real Madrid and got a short break in this weekend’s away game against Levante. He has struggled with a knee injury this summer, but says that it is “much better now”, and that there is no danger of Thursday’s fateful match against Serbia.
For a few hours, Ødegaard was admittedly afraid that the important international match could be in danger. He tested positive for covid-19 two weeks ago, but tested negative the next day.
– No, what to say? It was a little surprising in that we take so many tests and everyone was negative, and then suddenly a positive without me having been a little sick, but then I was healthy, so it was weird. Then I took another test the next day which was negative and then it was fine. But of course, you got a little stressed and thought about the next matches, national matches and what was that night there, but fortunately there was a false alarm, says Ødegaard.
He has the following plan to collaborate with Erling Braut Haaland on Thursday:
– It’s just give him the ball, then I reckon he’ll knock in a couple.
– You think that’s enough?
– It has looked like that lately.