Martin Odegaard hints at new contract extension with Real Madrid
Real Madrid youngster Martin Odegaard, currently on loan at Heerenveen, has suggested that he has extended his contract with the European champions.
Odegaard joined Madrid from Stromsgodset amid a wave of publicity in January 2015, when he was aged just 16, in a deal worth a potential €8 million.
During two years at Madrid, the Norway international played mostly for the club's Castilla youth side, making only one substitute appearance in La Liga and gaining a sole Copa del Rey start.
Since joining Heerenveen on an 18-month loan in January, Odegaard has played more regular first-team football, making 17 appearances over the second half of last season, and playing all 270 minutes of the Eredivisie side's 2017-18 campaign so far.
Asked while on Norway under-21 duty whether he had extended his contract at Madrid past its initial end date of June 2018, the 18-year-old told VG that his deal now lasts "a little longer than 2018, at least."
Asked to confirm reports that his new deal tied him to Madrid until 2021, the teenager preferred not to give away any details.
"I do not want to say so much about it at the moment," he said. "It may come out when it comes out, so I will not stand here and talk more about it."
Dermot Corrigan is a Madrid-based football writer who covers La Liga and the Spain national team for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @dermotmcorrigan