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Deila jumps to Martin Odegaard's defence after recent criticism

Celtic manager Ronny Deila has backed Real Madrid prospect Martin Odegaard to reach his potential.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila has jumped to Martin Odegaard's defence with his comments on STV today

Odegaard's attitude has faced scrutiny since his move to Real Madrid, but Deila believes that there should no questions about the youngster's desire.

Deila says that Odegaard is fully focused on fulfilling his potential and cites first-hand evidence that he has of the 16-year-old's application. 

"I can assure you he has no attitude problem, that’s 100% for sure," Deila said. 

"I think it is quite early to talk about a 16-year-old boy if it is a good thing or a bad thing that he’s gone to Real Madrid.

"He needs time to adapt, learn the language, get used to the club situation. Just going to Real Madrid, everything is new. I saw him when he was with the national team in Marbella and he looks well. I think he’ll get better and better in the future."

The comments are interesting as Celtic have been linked with making a move for Odegaard at the end of the season by the Scotsman.

The attacking midfielder is reportedly on Deila's wishlist and comments like these are sure to put him in Odegaard's good books, which could benefit the club in the next transfer window.

If Madrid do allow Odegaard to leave on loan there are sure to be a number of clubs from across Europe who are interested, so any advantage Deila's side can get over their rivals for the hot prospect's signature is sure to be welcome.

If Odegaard did join Celtic there would be great excitement around Parkhead for his arrival and he would be expected to increase their attacking threat considerably next campaign. 

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