Midfielder Martin Odegord, who is receiving the most attention in the English Premier League in the 2022/23 season, told an anecdote with his current team, Arsenal.
He shared his impressions of meeting Arsene Wenger along with the story that he almost went to Arsenal before joining Real Madrid in the past.
The Players Tribune, an American media that deals with the stories of sports stars, published an interview with Odegaard and shed light on his teenage years. In October 2014, before he turned 16, Ödegord made his A-match debut as a substitute in the 18th minute of the second half and played for just over 30 minutes in Norway’s European Championship qualifier against Bulgaria.
As he made his adult national team debut at a young age, the prestigious European team paid attention to him.
Ödegord said, “I visited Munich, Dortmund, Manchester United, Liverpool and Real Madrid with my father,” and introduced, “I felt very special because I traveled by private jet.”
Among the clubs I went to like that, there was Arsenal, my current team.
“I almost joined Arsenal,” said Odegaard. “, he described the situation at the time.
In particular, he recalled the days when he had to pay attention to even eating in front of world-renowned masters, saying, “I was very nervous and thought, ‘If I eat french fries, how will Wenger judge me?
That’s how I met with manager Wenger, but Oedegard eventually chose Real Madrid, and after joining in the summer of 2014, he had enemies for 7 years. 슬롯사이트
Odegaard explained the reason, “There was Isco, who I liked, and Madrid were the European champions at the time. Also, since there was a second team, I was able to participate in the (lower) league right away. It was truly a total package.”
However, his playing career at Real Madrid was not smooth. The elated Odegord, who had heard the sound of genius, disappeared. His playing time in the Real 2 team also became too long, and he had to spend time on loan while constantly traveling to clubs in the Netherlands and Spain.
Then, he showed off his skills at Arsenal, who came on loan in the 2020/21 season, and transferred completely the next season, and this season, he took over as Arsenal captain, establishing himself as a key member of the Premier League’s leading run.
In December of last year, he was also selected as the Premier League’s Player of the Month for the first time in his life.
In other words, the incomplete genius has been reborn as a world-class midfielder after overcoming many obstacles.