Sky Sports pundit Guillem Balague says Martin Odegaard is having problems at Real Madrid.
Pundit Guillem Balague has told Sky Sports that Real Madrid midfielder Martin Odegaard is having problem adjusting to life in Spain.
Odegaard turned 16 in December, and was one of the world's most coveted young players having emerged with Stromsgodset in his native Norway.
It was Real Madrid who landed his signature in January, beating off competition from a number of clubs to lure him to the Spanish capital.
The teenager already has four caps for Norway, and was touted as a star of the future down to his dribbling and close control from attacking midfield.
However, so far, Odegaard's time in Madrid has been disastrous. He has so far failed to make an impact with Real Madrid's 'Castilla' side - otherwise known as the 'B' team - and has even refused to train with Zinedine Zidane's side, as reported by Eurosport last week.
With the spectre of former American wonderkid and ultimate flop Freddy Adu looming large, Odegaard hasn't made a great start to life in Spain - and Sky Sports' La Liga expert Guillem Balague told Revista De La Liga that Odegaard is struggling to the point where Zidane doesn't want to use him.
"Yes, he said 'no, I don't want to train with the 'B' side, because in my contract it says I can train with the first team' - given the choice, he prefers the first team, but there is an issue. He is not adapting to the 'B's side, and Zidane doesn't like him," said Balague.
Real Madrid may choose to loan Odegaard out this summer in order to give him some valuable first team and life experience, and a team that figures to be at the front of the queue for his signature is Celtic.
Bhoys boss Ronny Deila managed Odegaard at Stromsgodset, and even recently admitted to The Scotsman that he would be interested in a reunion with the teenager on loan.
Given Odegaard's problems in Madrid, that prospect may be coming more likely - but whether Deila will think twice over his pursuit after the recent developments remains to be seen.