Florentino Perez reportedly forced Zinedine Zidane to take Martin Odegaard on Real Madrid’s trip to Canada, prompting a feud between President and Coach.
Le10Sport claims Perez “imposed Odegaard’s presence in the tour, motivating a conflict with Zidane, who preferred not to take the Norwegian”, before mentioning “interference from the President in the Coach’s work”.
Odegaard joined Madrid for €2.5m from Stromsgodset as a 16-year-old in January 2015, but the move has since proved controversial, with his arrival reportedly not sitting well with the club’s youth players, while former boss Carlo Ancelotti described signing the attacker as a “PR coup”.
Zidane is also said to be unhappy with a clause in Odegaard’s contract that requires him to train with the first team five days a week.
Los Blancos begin their North American tour on July 27 against Paris Saint-Germain in Ohio for the International Champions Cup.