Celtic boss Deila admits interest in signing Real Madrid wonderkid Martin Odegaard on loan

Norway Flag

Celtic manager Ronny Deila confirmed that he tried to tempt Martin Odegaard into a move to Glasgow over Real Madrid.

Norwegian wonderkid Martin Odegaard finally made a decision over his future this week, choosing to join Spanish giants Real Madrid in a huge deal.

The 16-year-old already has three caps for Norway, and has been coveted by many of the world's biggest clubs this season.

The Stromsgodset starlet has now moved on, but he worked with now-Celtic boss Ronny Deila during his time with the Norwegian club.

Deila, who left Stromsgodset last summer, has now admitted in a press conference that he tried to convince Odegaard to join him in Glasgow, as reported by Herald Scotland, only for the teenager to join Real Madrid instead - though he is interested in a future loan deal.

"I think it's an exciting move," said Deila. "It's very hyped in Norway. It's the biggest thing that ever happened I think, the first Norwegian player to join Madrid. It's a big thing. I'm happy for him. It's going to be so exciting to see how far he can reach."

"I hoped to get him to Celtic, of course, but I knew it was going to be hard with all the options. I have a good relationship with Martin and his father. They called me the day they chose Real Madrid. I didn't put much into it. I just said that we're an option. Here you have a better chance to play. This is a between step to the biggest clubs. This [a loan] could be possible but we want players that we own or can make money from of course. That's the important thing."

Celtic were always going to be outsiders in the race to sign Odegaard considering the stature of the other teams trying to land him, and it's little surprise to see that he has chosen Real Madrid over the Bhoys, even with the presence of Deila at Celtic Park.

However, what would be interesting is if Madrid would be willing to loan Odegaard to Celtic in in the future, considering the player's affiliation with Deila and that he obviously has little chance of playing first-team football for Carlo Ancelotti's men this season.

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch