Martin Ødegaard 'frozen out by Zinedine Zidane for refusing to train' at Real Madrid
Martin Ødegaard has been dropped and shunned by Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane for his immature behaviour, according to Spanish newspaper AS.
Ødegaard, 16, has been on the substitutes' bench for the past two games for Madrid's B side, Castilla.
He is refusing to train with his team-mates for the reserves due to a contract clause that allows the Norwegian teenager to train with the first team for five days a week, according to reports.
Ødegaard's conduct has not gone down well with reserve coach Zinedine Zidane or his team-mates. The player's parents have been contacted about the situation.
"Yet neither Ødegaard nor his father seem to realize that changing tack and taking the advice they’ve been given on board is the right thing to do as the teenager’s progress with Castilla constitutes an essential part of his own development. Regrettably, some players have complained that the teenager 'can’t be bothered' with his Castilla team mates and is only interested in being alongside Cristiano Ronaldo.
"It’s clear that his integration at Madrid would be much easier and far smoother with player of his own age. That’s something which Ødegaard should think about."
Ødegaard is paid a reported £80,000 per week after joining Madrid in a £2.3 million deal from Stromgodset.
HOW RELIABLE IS THE AS STORY?
Stories in Madrid papers AS and Marca are generally well-sourced - but they often carry more than a whiff of agenda. So this one is worth approaching with caution.
AS: "Martin Ødegaard hasn’t played a single minute of Real Madrid Castilla’s last two game games"
True, but he was away on international duty with Norway for the first match, not dropped.
AS: "Since he has been demoted to the subs’ bench, the team is back winning after a run of four consecutive defeats."
Again true, but those wins came against Las Palmas II and Conquense, two of the worst teams in the division.
AS: Ødegaard has refused to train with the reserves and only joins in with training sessions on the eve of the team’s games.
As the report acknowledges, Odegaard has a clause in his contract ensuring he trains with the senior squad. While it might be unwise, the player has every right to refuse to train with the reserves.
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