Real Madrid’s Martin Odegaard ‘ready for next step’

Real Madrid midfielder Martin Odegaard has hinted he may leave the club permanently this summer: “I’m ready to take the next step.”

The 20-year-old is currently on loan at Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem after previously making 43 first-team appearances on loan at Heerenveen.

The midfielder has impressed once again in the Eredivisie this campaign by netting eight goals and providing nine assists to help Vitesse into a top seven spot.

“I’m ready to take the next step. I want to keep growing as a player,” Odegaard told De Telegraaf, in quotes cited by Diario AS.

“My goal return and assists have increased and I think my performances have too, I am playing with more freedom and confidence.

“I want to finish the season strongly with Vitesse and then make a decision, but I am only 20 and I want to play in the Champions League.”

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