NEWS | 22/01/2015 | Alberto Navarro"My goal is to become the best player possible. It isn't important if I play in the first or second team", he said.
Martin Odegaard spoke to the media in the Ciudad Real Madrid press room. Accompanied by director of institutional relations Emilio Butragueño, the Whites player could not hide his delight as he looked ahead to this new chapter in his career: "It's an honour and a dream come true. The reason I chose Real Madrid is because this team has the best conditions, both in sporting terms to develop as a player, and off the field to develop as a person. It's the best option for me. For me it's incredible I'm ready for a team like this one."
"My goal is to become the best player possible. It isn't important if I play in the first or second team. It's a major advantage having a second team of a really high level and with a coach who was one of the best players in the world, and it was also important in my decision. It'll be a combination. I'm going to train with the first team and the second team. If Ancelotti wants to use me in the first team I'll be delighted and, if not, I'll also be delighted to be playing for Castilla."
Characteristics as a footballer
"I'm a player who likes to have the ball, to combine and to keep it. I had a minor issue with my foot, but now I'm ready. I'm fit to train."
"I met the Real Madrid players and we had a chat. They're great guys and they're incredible. I prefer that what we said to each other during our chats remain between us. They're all top-class players and it's very difficult to choose one, but Cristiano Ronaldo is the best player in the world at the moment. There's also Bale, Isco... There are a lot. Between Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi, I prefer Cristiano Ronaldo."
His experience over the past year
"It has been incredible and better than could have been expected. Everything has happened really fast. And it's not a bad start to this year, either. I'm really happy. It's a dream come true and being able to train at this club is very exciting. I'm really excited and I can't wait to get started."
"I don't feel pressure. Playing for Real Madrid is very different to playing for my previous team. I'll try to enjoy this dream to the full. I've trained a lot. My father has been very important for me. Training with him is what has allowed me to make it here."
"I studied some Spanish at school in Norway, but I can't speak it very well."
Butragueño introduced the player to the media
"It's an honour to welcome Odegaard. He is a player with extraordinary talent and we have high hopes for him. We're going to do everything we can to ensure both you and your family are very happy in Madrid and that you can develop the fabulous talent you have as a player. You have lots of success ahead of you and I wish you the best for the chapter in your life that you are starting today. Best of luck."
"He is going to train with the first team and with Castilla, and he will play for Castilla until the end of the season. He will do the pre-season with the first team and from there we'll make decisions."
"His father is going to join the club's coaching structure in the youth teams."
"What's most important is that Martin is here and we're very excited about his future. We want his extraordinary talent to develop here. That's what's most important to us."