At Real Madrid, they see Martin Odegaard as the natural successor to Luka Modric and they are waiting to see what happens with the Croatian before making any decision regarding the 21-year-old’s loan spell at Real Sociedad, which can be extended for one more season.
Modric will turn 35 in September and has a contract until June 2021, yet if he decides to accept Inter Miami‘s offer in the summer (which would double his salary to around 10 million euros net), it is quite likely that Los Blancos would allow him to depart.
This is due to Modric having served the club so well during his eight seasons in the Spanish capital, in which time they’ve achieved every conceivable success together, including four Champions League trophies and a Ballon d’Or.
In that case, Real Madrid would call on young Martin, his father and agent, Bjorn Tore Kvarme, to convince him that they need him now and would therefore encourage him to not extend his loan at La Real for another season.
However, the final decision will ultimately be in Odegaard‘s hands. The Norwegian, who has been very careful about what he has said with regard to his future beyond June 30, is enjoying himself in San Sebastian as La Real‘s star player.
In spite of this, his dream is nevertheless to succeed at Real Madrid, though he is not in a hurry; he prefers to be a starter at Real Sociedad than a substitute at Los Merengues.
Mature and battle proven in LaLiga Santander
What Odegaard wants to avoid at all costs is returning to the Santiago Bernabeu to find himself jostling for a spot in the line-up with non-guaranteed starters such as Isco, James Rodriguez and, if he arrives, Donny van de Beek.
Given the level the former Stromsgodset player has demonstrated in LaLiga Santander, having shone against the likes of Barcelona and Atletico Madrid already this season, and having decided games with goals against Osasuna and Real Mallorca, Odegaard is already ready to compete with Toni Kroos, Fede Valverde and, if he stays, Modric, although the Croatian would likely take much more of a back-seat role if he does remain at the club.
That’s why Real Madrid should put their faith in him and reverse the order of factors.
That is to say that the immediate future of Modric shouldn’t condition what happens with Odegaard; the Norwegian is the one with the future worth exploiting right now.
The last and decisive step, the one of believing that the players’ ages shouldn’t matter if they’re good enough, is the one that has seen Fede Valverde thrive this season, for instance.
And just like his friend Valverde, Odegaard is ready. Now he just needs to be allowed to prove it.