La Liga pundit plays down reports linking Real Madrid starlet Martin Odegaard with Celtic loan

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La Liga pundit Petter Veland believes Real Madrid want to send reported Celtic target Martin Odegaard out on loan to a team in Spain.

La Liga commentator and pundit Petter Veland told Norwegian publication TV2 that Real Madrid want to send Martin Odegaard out on loan to a team in Spain – playing down rumours he will join Celtic.

Earlier in the week, TuttoMercatoWeb reported that the Scottish Premiership champions had won the race to sign the 16-year-old on loan, beating several European clubs in the process.

Nevertheless, Veland was adamant that a decision had not been made yet and that people close to Madrid have said that the club want the player to stay in Spain.

‘’The Celtic rumour has been ebbed out completely in the Spanish media,’’ Veland told TV2. ‘’It does not mean that they are without substance, but I know Real Madrid – and if you listen to experts down here, they say the club want him to remain in Spain.’’

Would Odegaard be a good signing for Celtic?

Although Odegaard is being billed as one of the best players in the world in the years to come, the 16-year-old would still be expected to make a huge step up should he sign for the Bhoys.

The Norwegian international is no stranger to first-team football, but to be expected to play on a regular basis is another matter altogether.

Not only that, after only moving to Spain in January, he will arguably need more time to settle down in the country he will be hoping to call home for the next decade before moving abroad once more.

A loan move to Celtic would definitely see him get a lot more first-team experience than he will at Madrid. However, a short-term switch to another Spanish club seems far more likely.

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