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Martin Odegaard of Real Sociedad celebrates after scoring goal during the Liga match between Real Sociedad and Club Atletico de Madrid

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ByJames Gray
08/10/2019 at 17:36 | Updated 08/10/2019 at 18:44

Martin Odegaard says he will not too distracted by the prospect of coming up against his Real Madrid team-mates on Saturday.

Odegaard is on loan at Real Sociedad from Real Madrid, the club he joined as a much-vaunted 16-year-old who immediately started training with the first team.

He struggled to make an impact at senior level though and spent two years playing for Castilla, the reserve side, before loan spells at Heerenveen, Vitesse and now Real Sociedad.

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The third of those has proved to be his most successful so far and the Norway international was awarded La Liga's Player of the Month gong for September, the first Sociedad player to win it since November 2014.

Odegaard told Eurosport: "I am on a team that suits me very well. They are playing my style of football and I have a good role in the team.

"It was no problem to get into the culture of the team and there are so many good people in the team. I am having a nice time.

"It is easy to deliver when the whole package is there.

"The plan is to continue the form. I have a deal with Real Sociedad now and I am happy at the club.

"That’s how it is going to be until the end of the deal."

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He will return to the Bernabeu at the end of the season but will also get the chance to remind some of his Real Madrid team-mates of his talents on Saturday when Norway take on Spain in a EURO 2020 qualifier.

But the 20-year-old insists he will be more focused on his own preparations than worrying about what Sergio Ramos and co will bring to the game.

"It is always cool to meet good players and good teams," Odegaard added.

"In terms of that, the game will be a bit special.

"We as a team have to do the same things as always and focus on us.

"We have to take Spain's skills into account.

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"I don’t think [Spain] are fearing that many teams, to be honest.

"I have knowledge about them now and they are going to play their kind of football.

"They don’t care so much about who they are playing against.

"I don’t think that they are thinking a lot of that."

After being so highly rated from such a young age, Odegaard's relatively quiet development since his big move to Madrid has gone under the radar.

Odegaard is already a 20-time Norway international

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Even his own time at Sociedad, he admits, is rarely punctuated by input from his parent club.

"I have contact with some persons in the club. Sometimes I get a message, but it is mainly Real Sociedad that gives me feedback on my development," Odegaard said.

"Real Sociedad is closest, but Real Madrid is in the picture sometimes.

"Mainly it is Real Sociedad and their staff.

"Real Madrid gives me some feedback and now it has been congratulations, praises and that they are happy.

"But in the tactical aspect Real Sociedad gives me feedback on those things."

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