Deila reiterates Celtic have made 'no contact' over signing Martin Odegaard

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Ronny Deila remains adamant that Celtic won't be signing Martin Odegaard.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila has reiterated to Norwegian newspaper VG that he has no interest in Real Madrid midfielder Martin Odegaard.

The Bhoys manager has overseen four summer signings so far, snapping up goalkeeper Logan Bailly, defenders Dedryck Boyata and Saidy Janko, as well as striker Nadir Ciftci.

Celtic's squad now looks strong, but fans may still be eager to see one more central midfielder or wide player, and Real Madrid's Odegaard has been touted as a target.

The Sun recently reported that Celtic were hoping to sign the 16-year-old wonderkid on loan this summer, with Deila keen to complete a reunion.

Deila gave Odegaard his professional debut at Norwegian club Stromsgodset, and he seemingly has little chance of featuring in the Real Madrid first team any time soon.

However, ahead of tonight's Champions League clash with Stjarnan, Deila told VG that he has not even thought about a deal to bring playmaker Odegaard to Glasgow.

"That is something that has been invented by the media, said Deila. "It's certainly not something we have thought about. I think Martin has to be in Madrid now. He is a wonderful boy and a very good footballer. There has been no contact there. We have a good squad now," he added.

Celtic - great place for Odegaard to develop?

Odegaard may only be a teenager, but he needs to be playing football on a fairly regular basis in order to continue his development.

If Real Madrid are to loan Odegaard out, Celtic would be a great place for him to grow. Playing under a manager who knows him well in a winning team would be superb for Odegaard, but it currently seems that Deila isn't going to pursue a deal for the youngster.

It will be interesting to see whether Deila reconsiders his interest towards the end of the transfer window, with Odegaard certainly capable of making an impact in the Bhoys' first team.

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