'Odegaard wrong to snub Bayern and Guardiola'

The Norwegian prospect completed a move to Real Madrid this week but would have been better off at the Allianz Arena, according to one of the club’s coaches

Pep Guardiola’s assistant coach Hermann Gerland believes Martin Odegaard would have been better off at Bayern Munich than at Real Madrid.

The Norway international, 16, completed his move from Stromsgodset to Madrid earlier this week, snubbing interest from Bayern as well as a number of other European clubs.

However, Gerland believes the attacking midfielder made the wrong decision to join the Santiago Bernabeu side and feels the Bundesliga champions would have been a better destination.

“When so much is written about a 16-year-old, he’s got to be an extraordinary player,” Gerland told reporters.

“I briefly spoke with him and I told him that he should pick the club with the best coach. And for me, the best coach works for Bayern.

“Guardiola would have been perfect for him and knows how to deal with young players.”

Madrid’s head of public relations, Emilio Butragueno, stated on Thursday that Odegaard will be focused on featuring for Madrid’s reserves this season, with the occasional chance of playing for the first team. 

“Martin will train with the first team and with Castilla and he will play for Castilla until the end of the season, but if Carlo Ancelotti wants to call him up to the first team, he will be at the coach’s disposition.”

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