'It's not obvious' that 'Norwegian Messi' will head to Liverpool, says dad

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Martin Odegaard is not guaranteed to be on his way abroad just yet - to Liverpool or Manchester United.

Martin Odegaard has been thrust into the world football spotlight in recent weeks. It came after the incredibly talented 15-year-old made his Norway debut last month. He played against the United Arab Emirates on the 19th August, becoming Norway's youngest ever player.

He made his debut for Stromsgodset back in April, and has scored three goals in 16 games for his very lucky club.

Of course being dubbed the 'Norwegian Messi' was always going to attract attention. He has been on Bayern Munich and Manchester United for short training sessions in the past.

United are believed to still be keen on the player while Liverpool are said to be on the prowl for the player. Liverpool are big on youth development at the moment and are said to be considering a move for the player when he turns 16 - which is still a way off, on the 15th December.

But comments from his old man would suggest that Liverpool and Manchester United will not be getting their man.

His dad is also a former player, Hans Erik Odegaard played for Godset and Sandejford during his career. He spoke to CNN yesterday, and suggested that his Liverpool supporting son is not set on going abroad just yet:

"In the end it's all about development. Nothing else matters. I'm allergic to boys who are satisfied getting into an academy or winning a first-team contract, because you haven't achieved nothing. It's a danger when there's so much attention to him from clubs and the media. I think he has handled it very well so far and he has his feet on the ground. When we are talking with the clubs we have just talked about sport. We're also in a position that it's not obvious that he will go abroad now."

Odegaard does not yet look likely to be on his way across to the UK. And his dad has also confirmed that Odegaard won't be getting the new FIFA 15 game when it comes out later this month:

"He will still, of course, go to school. I don't think it's good for any young boy just to play football and PlayStation. You need to work with your brain too and to develop as a person."

Maybe his desire to get on the PlayStation could lure him to England.

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