Gareth Bale (@GarethBale11) January 29, 2015
Gareth Bale has taken to Twitter to welcome Real Madrid’s new teenage sensation Martin Odegaard to the club.
Aged just 16, the Norwegian midfielder earned a £2.3 million move to the Champions League winners this month after bursting onto the scene with local side Strømsgodset following his professional debut last April, recording five goals and six assists in 24 games.
Since earning three international caps, Real managed to beat off interest from the likes of Arsenal, Ajax, Barcelona, Juventus, Liverpool and Manchester United to his signature, per the Guardian, with the talented teen declaring at his official unveiling: It's an honour and a dream come true.
“The reason I chose Real Madrid is because this team has the best conditions, both in sporting terms to develop as a player, and off the field to develop as a person. It's the best option for me. For me it's incredible I'm ready for a team like this one.
"My goal is to become the best player possible. It isn't important if I play in the first or second team. It's a major advantage having a second team of a really high level and with a coach who was one of the best players in the world, and it was also important in my decision.”
Penning a deal worth a reported £40,000-per-week, Odegaard is set to begin life in the Spanish capital with Real’s B team Castilla, but will train with Bale and the senior squad on a regular basis over the coming months.
Bale himself made his first-team breakthrough at Southampton at the age of 16 but, with the now-Premier League club in the Championship at the time, it’s fair to suggest that his new teammate will face a much tougher time making his mark on the Bernabeu.