Liverpool watch out - Deila reveals key Celtic advantage in Odegaard pursuit

The 15-year-old had trained with Liverpool this week but the Celtic boss says his side are in with a chance of signing him.

Martin Odegaard is hot property right now.

The 15-year-old has attracted the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United, Real Madrid and more.

Odegaard was even training with the Liverpool squad at Melwood earlier this week.

But Celtic boss Ronny Deila is surprisingly confident of landing the young talent ahead of the likes of Liverpool, United and others. The Norwegian admits competition to sign Odegaard is fierce but says Celtic hold a key advantage: Deila himself.

"He is a very good player but we have to stand in line: there are 20 clubs, maybe more, who want him," the Celtic manager told reporters. "He has been to clubs all over Europe to Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool. PSG [Paris Saint-Germain] wanted him but he hasn't had time to visit. So there is some hard competition.

"But I have control over that situation; I know what is happening there. He's in the town where my kids live and I know a lot of people there. We??ll see if there are possibilities, of course, and we will try. But there's very hard competition.

"This is more about Martin's choices. What is his thinking now? Is it go to a big club and try to break in there and go down that road or go to a smaller club in not such a good league but where it is easier to get into the first team?"

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