Former Real Madrid boss Santiago Solari begged the club to recall Martin Odegaard to the first-team squad last year, say Radio Marca.
Solari was in his post between October and March last season – between Julen Lopetegui and Zinedine Zidane – and is said to have made the request during the January transfer window.
That was when Odegaard was on loan at Vitesse in the Netherlands, and it is claimed Solari ‘got down on his knees’, metaphorically, to make the request.
The Norway international has starred in the opening weeks of the campaign for La Real after joining them on a two-year loan deal from Los Blancos.
He has spent the last two seasons out on loan, at Heerenveen and Vitesse respectively, before joining the Basque club at the start of the season.
It has been said that should the capital club wish to recall Odegaard from his loan spell at the Anoeta, they would have to pay the Basque club a €2m compensation package, although this has since been played down.
Odegaard has scored twice and provided an assist in his first 10 league games for La Real and he has been tipped to be the long-term successor to one of Madrid’s current stars, most probably Luka Modric.