Odegaard happy 'to play for Real Madrid again' despite Sociedad draw

Martin Odegaard insists it is ‘good to play for Real Madrid again’ after his surprise inclusion in Zinedine Zidane’s side in goalless stalemate against former club Real Sociedad

  • Real Madrid opened their new LaLiga season with a draw against Real Sociedad 
  • Martin Odegaard was picked ahead of Casemiro in Zinedine Zidane’s midfield 
  • Odegaard made just his third Real appearance in the draw in San Sebastian  
  • But the Norway star was frustrated not to claim the win against his former club 

Martin Odegaard insisted he was happy to be playing for Real Madrid again but said he was not entirely satisfied after their draw against former club Real Sociedad.

The Spanish champions opened their new LaLiga campaign with a frustrating goalless draw in San Sebastian on Sunday evening.

Norwegian international Odegaard spent last season on loan at Sociedad but lined up against his former team-mates in midfield to make his third appearance for Real.

Norway star Martin Odegaard insisted he was happy to be playing for Real Madrid again

Odegaard featured for the Spanish champions from the start in their draw at Real Sociedad

But asked how satisfied he felt following his first LaLiga appearance for Real since 2015, Odegaard told Spanish channel Movistar+: ‘I feel good but we’re missing the win.

‘It doesn’t leave me very happy, although it’s good to play for Real Madrid again.

‘It was a game against friends and good people.’

But the 21-year-old added he was not entirely satisfied given their draw against his former club

Real boss Zinedine Zidane picked Odegaard ahead of Casemiro in his XI in San Sebastian

Odegaard was included in the starting XI ahead of Brazil star Casemiro and lined up alongside veterans Toni Kroos and Luka Modric.

And the Norwegian revealed he was asked to play a different role to the Brazilian and added it was initially ‘difficult’ to play alongside his more experienced midfield team-mates. 

‘[Zidane asked me to] help the team, make chances and goals, be between the lines and attack,’ Odegaard added.

‘I understand them [Kroos and Modric] well but it’s always difficult at the start. They are players at an incredible level and that makes it easier for me.’ 

Odegaard revealed he initally found it ‘difficult’ alongside Toni Kroos (above) and Luka Modric

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