Liverpool failed with a bid for Martin Odegaard, reveals former boss

Liverpool ‘failed with a bid for Martin Odegaard’ before moving to Real Madrid at 16, reveals his former Vitesse Arnhem boss Leonid Slutsky

  • Martin Odegaard was the hottest young prospect in Europe in 2014-15
  • Real Madrid won the race for the Norwegian’s signature when he was just 16
  • It has come to light that Liverpool and Ajax were interested in the youngster 

Liverpool failed in an audacious move for Martin Odegaard before he joined Real Madrid at the age of 16.

The Norwegian starlet is finally starting to blossom in his latest loan spell at Real Sociedad, five years after making the move to the Bernabeu.

Life could have been very different if the then-teenager had gone to Anfield when Brendan Rodgers was still manager, as revealed by his former boss at Vitesse Arnhem, Leonid Slutsky. 

Liverpool made a failed bid to sign 16-year-old Martin Odegaard before he joined Real Madrid

Odegaard has excelled on his latest loan away from Real Madrid at Real Sociedad this season

‘His time at Vitesse has been very important,’ the former Hull boss told Netavissen. 

‘He became one of the best players in the Eredivisie and had many offers in his pocket. Not only from Real Sociedad, but also from Liverpool and Ajax.

‘It is an honour to have had a share in Martin’s growth as a footballer.’

Slutsky also believes Odegaard is now ready to make his mark at the Bernabeu.

‘It was a big challenge for me to kind of resurrect his career,’ he added.

Real Madrid beat a host of Europe’s top clubs to secure the signing of Odegaard in 2015

Odegaard spent last season on loan at Vitesse Arnhem, where he worked under Leonid Slutsky

Odegaard scored 11 times in 38 appearances on loan in Holland last season after struggling in two seasons at Heerenveen.

This year he has been the fulcrum of an exciting Real Sociedad side, who have real ambitions on securing Champions League football next season.

They sit fourth in La Liga, before the coronavirus lockdown brought football to a sudden halt last month. 

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