Martin Odegaard admits he visited Liverpool and Manchester United before Real Madrid move

The Norwegian youngster also met with Manchester City officials before deciding to move to Spain.

Real Madrid wonderkid Martin Odegaard has admitted that he spoke with Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City before deciding on a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid, in comments that appeared in the Mail this week.

The 16-year-old attacking midfielder was one of the most sought after young players in the world when he signed for Real Madrid at the beginning of the year from Stromsgodset, and a whole clutch of Premier League clubs, as well as Celtic, managed by Ronny Deila, the youngster's boss in Norway, were linked with his signature.

"I visited Liverpool, the two Manchester teams and they were all very nice but my choice was Real Madrid and I am very happy with that," the player is quoted as saying by the Mail.

"Madrid is very good. It is the best place if you want to become a better footballer. I have been given the No 10 shirt (at Castilla) and it is a big responsibility having that number but it is the one that I like and I am just going to enjoy it.

"I have spoken a little bit with Rafa Benitez but not too much at the minute. My focus is to become a better footballer and develop every day."

It's no surprise that Odegaard was so sought after, having made his Norwegian debut in 2014 at the tender age of 15. Already boasting six caps to his name and having starred in the Tippeligaen, he finally chose to move to Madrid.

The youngster has had to make do with earning his football with Real Madrid's Castilla side for the most part since his transfer in January, though he did make his full debut for the La Liga giants on the last day of the season, becoming Real's youngest player of all time in the process.

And he went on to admit that a transfer to the Premier League could be something that would happen in the future, with Odegaard previously admitting that he is a Liverpool supporter.

"Maybe (England) will happen in the future and the time will show but right now I am very happy where I am with my club and the situation there," he said.

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