Real Sociedad are confident Real Madrid’s Odegaard loan will be extended


The Norwegian winger has impressed at Anoeta since his temporary transfer from Santiago Bernabeu last year

Real Sociedad president Jokin Aperribay is confident Martin Odegaard’s loan to Real Madrid will be extended for another season.

Odegaard joined Sociedad on a one-season loan deal in July 2019, and has since shown exactly why Madrid went so hard to recruit him as a teenager at Stromsgodset.

The 21-year-old has scored seven goals and nine assists in 36 domestic appearances for Imanol Alguacil’s side this season, helping them secure a sixth place in La Liga.

Odegaard’s most notable performance came in a Copa del Rey quarter-final victory over his parent club, as Sociedad beat Madrid 4-3 at the Santiago Bernabeu to reach the bottom four.

The Norwegian found the back of the net in the thrilling cup match and scored another of the goals, before leaving the pitch to a standing ovation from home fans when he was substituted in the second half.

Sociedad legend Roberto Lopez Ufarte spoke about Odegaard’s abilities during an interview with Noticias of Gipuzkoa in April, while insisting that the attacking midfielder could end up filling Luka Modic’s boots in Madrid when the Croatian ends his career.

Ufarte said: “I think his head is screwed up and he knows why he came here: to show people, to show that he has a lot of ability and that he is waiting for a place to open up at Real Madrid . These are just my thoughts, but maybe next year when Modric leaves. “

Madrid have yet to decide whether to recall Odegaard or extend their loan to Sociedad for another year, but Aperribay “hopes” that an influential figure will remain in place until the end of the 2020-21 season.

When asked if there was a good chance the former Stromsgodset starlet would be retained, the La Real chairman said Onda Cero: “Yes, I think. It is not up to us but to him and Real Madrid, but we hope he can stay with us for another season.”

Odegaard’s latest outing of the current campaign came as Sociedad secured a 1-1 draw against Atletico Madrid at Wanda Metropolitano on Sunday.

Madrid, meanwhile, became La Liga champions for the 34th time in their history after beating Villarreal last Thursday, before concluding their domestic calendar with a 2-2 draw at Leganes this weekend.

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