In July, multiple reports claimed that:
* Brendan Rodgers sent scouts to watch the youngster in action.
* Liverpool then contacted Stromsgodset to negotiate a possible transfer.
When asked on Wednesday about interest from Liverpool, and Manchester United, Odegaard told reporters:
"It is correct. There might be some club visits after the season. It is because I want to be sure about an eventual choice in the future. Then you got to visit them and get a feeling about them. In case I shall leave, it should be to play on a higher level".
Odegaard is a self-confessed Liverpool fan, and so the chances are that one of the 'visits' he speaks of will be to Anfield. Indeed, when asked recently about speculation linking him with a move to Anfield, he told Dagbladet:
“Liverpool is my favourite club. That is not to say that I dream to play for them. I’m thriving at Stromsgodset and feel that I can develop myself right here.”
Odegaard is one of Europe's most coveted young players, and his father confirmed this in September, when he told Verdens Gang:
"I can't name the clubs, but almost regardless of who you name, they have been in contact with us"
Some info about Odegaard:
* Trained with Man United and Bayern Munich last year.
* Current contract expires in 2015.
* 5 goals/3 assists in 20 apps for Stromsgodset.
* Turns 16 in December.
* Real Madrid reportedly made a €15m bid over the summer.
* 2014: Broke 104-year old record to become the youngster player to ever feature for the Norway national team (15 years and 253 days).
* Broke another record recently when he became the youngest player to ever feature in a European Championship game.
On Sunday, Odegaard showed why he's so coveted by scoring scored in Stromsgodset's 2-1 league victory over Lillestrom.
Over the weekend, Scandinavian football expert and scout Fabrizio Bertuzzi hailed Odegaard as 'a talented and creative midfielder' with 'impressive maturity', and made another bold claim about the youngster's ability:
"I am not surprised Barcelona are interested. He is like Xavi and Andres Iniesta, and features a mix of both players. Despite being an adolescent he is almost a semi-god of football."
As is usually the case with most promising young attacking players, Odegaard is often compared to Lionel Messi (and risibly referred to as the 'Norwegian Messi'), but in a recent interview, he dismissed the comparisons:
“It’s very flattering to get so much praise, but one shouldn’t compare himself with players as good as that. However I do look up to a lot of footballers and try to improve by looking at what they do, and Messi is one of them.”
Maybe it's just me, but from the footage above, there something 'David Beckham' about the way Odegaard moves around the field. He seems unbelievably confident and assured for someone so young, and he definitely looks older than 15 (!)
Author: Jaimie K