Odegaard: I Didn't Think Zidane Would Return To Real Madrid

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Martin Odegaard admits it came as a surprise when Zinedine Zidane agreed to return to Real Madrid as head coach.

Former France star Zidane, who stepped down after winning a third consecutive Champions League last May, was reappointed Madrid boss on a three-year deal following a disappointing run of results under Santiago Solari.

Odegaard, who is on loan with Eredivisie side Vitesse, says the news was a very positive surprise.

"I didn't think Zidane was going to return so soon, but I think he's a perfect coach for Real Madrid," he told AS.

"He can make a good group again and create something very good. I think it's very positive."

Odegaard worked with Zidane both for the Castilla and senior Madrid side, although his opportunities in the first team were limited.

 

The 20-year-old thinks his old coach's return could bode well for his chances of forging a career at the Santiago Bernabeu, although he seems prepared to leave at the end of the season if he believes it will be best for his development.

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"I get on very well with Zidane, but I don't know what they'll decide about my future," Odegaard added. "I think it could be positive for me because he knows me and can have an idea of what I can give to the team. I know him well and we have a good relationship.

"The truth is there are a lot of possibilities for my future and we'll have to talk at the end of the season. As I say, I've not talked to Madrid yet and I don't know what they'll think about me. There will be time to talk in a few months when the season ends.

"I think it's really important for my development to have a lot of minutes and I know that's very difficult at Madrid. I'm sure we'll talk at the end of the season and find a solution together that's good for everyone."