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    Real Madrid Sign 16-Year Old Norwegian Wonderkid Martin Odegaard

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    Celebrated football club Real Madrid signed a contract with a 16-year old football player Martin Odegaard. It is reported that the fee will amount to $3.4 million.

    MADRID, January 22 (Sputnik) - Spanish football club Real Madrid on Thursday signed Martin Odegaard, a prominent 16-year old football player from Norway.

    The press-conference got underway with an hour delay, right after the new Real Madrid player passed his physical examination.

    Emilio Butragueño, the vice-president of Real Madrid, opened the press-conference, saying that he is "very glad to have Martin" in the club.

    Journalists present at the conference describe the young footballer as "shy".

    "The reason why I signed with this club is that this is the best club where I can develop [my skills]," –  Odegaard commented on his choice of club. "My goal is to become a better player."

    He then thanked his previous coaches, adding that he has been training intensively and calling that the reason he managed to become a  Real Madrid player.  Odegaard did not comment on his fee, but the Spanish media had previously reported that the club is ready to pay around $3.4 million.

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    When asked which football players inspire him  Odegaard said that he regards Cristiano Ronaldo the best football player in the world and appreciates Gareth Bale and Isco.

    The press-conference ended with  Odegaard receiving his personal sport wear with his name on it but without a number. He commented that he is going to play for various teams, and therefore he will not receive a squad number between 1 and 25.


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