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Odegaard leaves Real Madrid for another Eredivisie loan

Norway Training Session

OSLO, NORWAY - MAY 30: Martin Odegaard of Norway smiles during training before Iceland v Norway at Ullevaal Stadion on May 30, 2018 in Oslo, Norway. (Photo by Trond Tandberg/Getty Images)

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Four years ago, Martin Odegaard was perhaps the most coveted wonderkid in the world of soccer.

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Today, nearly 48 months after joining Real Madrid as a 16-year-old, Odegaard has made more loan moves away from the club (2) than first-team starts (1 - 2016, in the Copa del Rey round of 32). The Norwegian has not yet made his La Liga debut.

Madrid announced on Tuesday that the 19-year-old has joined Eredivisie side Vitesse on a season-long loan. Odegaard most recently spent a season and a half on loan to Heerenveen, eighth-place finishers in the Dutch first division last season. He scored three goals in 38 league appearances over 18 months.

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“The past year and a half I have played in the Eredivisie,” Odegaard said upon joining Vitesse. “I was impressed by Vitesse. I got to know Vitesse as a good footballing team, with an offensive and dominant view of the game. I think that way of playing is good for me. Vitesse has also shown that it gives young players a chance. That is why I am happy with the opportunity that Vitesse offers me.”

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