Matthias Sammer: Bayern Munich still hope to sign Martin Odegaard
Bayern Munich have not given up on signing Martin Odegaard in spite of Real Madrid reportedly edging closer to a deal with the Norwegian starlet.
Odegaard, 16, has recently finished his tour of the European top clubs, and the wunderkind is expected to make a decision about his future in January.
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According to reports, the Stromsgodset midfielder appears to favour Real Madrid over Liverpool, Arsenal and Bayern.
But the Bundesliga champions, who were confident of having the upper hand in the race for Odegaard after his trial at the club, have not given up all hope of luring the Norway international to Bavaria.
"I think that we've shown him good sporting arguments. But the other clubs he visited are not that bad as well," Bayern sporting director Matthias Sammer told reporters on Tuesday. "Of course, it is also about the complete package.
"It is up to him to judge how big our chance is. He has to make the decision. If you want to achieve something you have to hang on, and we do that."
Odegaard said on Norwegian TV earlier this week: "I have decided to not say anything about the clubs I visited."
The midfielder arrived in Madrid last Tuesday, and was at the Vicente Calderon a day later to watch the Copa del Rey clash between Atletico Madrid and Real.
He trained with the club's reserves in Valdebebas on Thursday and got to meet several first-team players, with AS reporting that Real will pay Stromsgodset a fee of around four million euros.