Bayern confident of winning race for Odegaard

The 15-year-old Norwegian sensation is eligible to sign a professional contract this week and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge believes they can lure him to the Bundesliga


Bayern Munich president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says he is confident the German champions can land teenage sensation Martin Odegaard.

The 15-year-old became the youngest player to appear in Norway’s top flight earlier this year, and quickly claimed the same record for his country as a string of impressive displays for Stromsgodset earned him a call-up to the national team.

The attacking midfielder has wowed scouts from across the continent, with pretty much every one of Europe’s biggest clubs desperate to secure his signature, while the player himself has admitted it would be a “dream” to represent Liverpool as he continues to visit top outfits from across the continent.

However, Rummenigge believes Bayern are in a strong position to win the race for one of the game’s most prodigious talents.

“We will try very hard to him, and I think we have a good chance,” Rummenigge told Bild.

“He is an absolutely exceptional talent and a good guy, very mature for his age.”

Odegaard has spent time with a number of clubs in recent months, including Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid. Last week, he left Kolo Toure impressed at Liverpool and he has now also been put through his paces with the Bayern first team.

Odegaard turns 16 on December 17, at which time he will be eligible to sign his first professional contract.

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