Ronny Deila explains how he helped in Martin Odegaard’s development

Ronny Deila

Celtic manager Ronny Deila worked with Real Madrid youngster Martin Odegaard at Stromsgodset.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila has explained to The Scottish Sun how he helped in the development of Real Madrid teenager Martin Odegaard.

Odegaard is considered as one of the biggest talents in world football and is on the books of Spanish giants Madrid at the moment.

The 16-year-old Norway international attacking midfielder joined the 10-time European champions from Norwegian club Stromsgodset Toppfotball in January 2015.

Deila worked with Odegaard at Stromsgodset, and he has explained how he helped in the development of the teenager.

“We changed our way of playing in Norway and were much more wanting to create,” the Norwegian told The Scottish Sun. “If you lose, you lose, but you want to win in the way you want to play.

“Then you develop more skills and that is the most important thing, to develop good, young footballers, then give them a chance and let them play.

“If it’s been too tactical and if you’re too afraid to lose then you’ll never develop the full potential of the player.

“That’s the way I did it in Stromsgodset. We lost a lot, but I knew we would progress all the time. In the end we had a lot of national team players and people going abroad.

“If Martin Odegaard wasn’t given the opportunity to play freely we’d never get this talent. That’s what they do in Spain and Portugal.”

Odegaard made his first-team debut for Madrid last season, when he came on as a substitute against Getafe on the final day of the 2015-16 La Liga campaign.

The youngster created one chance and had a pass accuracy of 95% during the 33 minutes he was on the Santiago Bernabeu pitch, as Los Blancos eased to a 7-3 home win.

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