Hoffenheim tell Martin Odegaard to reject Liverpool and Manchester United for Bundesliga

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The talented teen has been dubbed the Norwegian Messi.

The name 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 earlier this year. 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 is being dubbed the 'Norwegian Messi'.

Of course that tag was always going to attract attention. He had already been with Bayern Munich and Manchester United for short training stints before his name became well known.

United are believed to still be keen on the player while Liverpool are said to be on the prowl.

In fact he attended Melwood earlier this month, training with the team and going for dinner with some of the stars. He has had similar visits reported at Real Madrid, Ajax and Barcelona - so it is fair to say that he is one of the most wanted men in football right now.

Of course there is more than Liverpool and the before mentioned teams keen. Celtic, Hamburg, PSV and a whole host of other teams reportedly want him.

However Liverpool remain confident that when he turns 16 later this month he will choose Anfield. Which one interested part believes would be a mistake.

German side Hoffenheim are rank outsiders to snap up the Norwegian this month. But their sporting director Alexander Rosen believes he should snub the calls of big names, and use Hoffenheim as a stepping stone:

"Martin Odegaard is very good. He is a phenomenon, but I seriously believe that we could be a very nice stepping stone for Martin."

With his birthday now just three days away, we will soon know for sure where Odegaard will be playing next.

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