By Dominic Toner
Real Madrid sensation Martin Odegaard will join French side Stade Rennais on loan, according to a report.
Football website Tribal Football claimed earlier this summer that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was keeping tabs on the Norwegian prodigy, who already has nine caps for his country.
Spanish publication AS now report that Odegaard will spend this season on loan at Stade Rennais after Real manager Zinedine Zidane ordered that the French club would be a better stage for his development.
It is said that the player’s preference is for a move to Liverpool or the Bundesliga, and that there were offers on the table from Bayer Leverkusen and Hamburg.
The attacking midfielder, 17, put pen to paper at the Bernabeu last year after signing from two-time Norwegian Premier League winners Stromsgodset for a fee of around £2.4million.
Odegaard still has five years remaining on his current contract and Real went to huge effort to secure his signature ahead of Europe’s other biggest clubs.
Odegaard, who wears the number seven shirt for Real Madrid’s B side, scored only one goal in 35 appearances for Castilla, but did conjure up seven assists.
At just 15, he described Liverpool as his dream club when being courted by Europe’s heavyweights, before signing for Real Madrid.
Klopp already has several attacking options at his disposal and the trio of Philippe Coutinho, Adam Lallana and Sadio Mane helped Liverpool clinch an opening day 4-3 victory over Arsenal.
In other Liverpool transfer news, a Premier League side have tabled an offer for the club’s 28-year-old target.