Martin Odegaard insists it is ‘good to play for Real Madrid again’ after his surprise inclusion in Zinedine Zidane’s side for 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 0-0 in San Sebastian on Sunday evening.
Norway international Odegaard spent last season on loan at Sociedad but lined up against his former team-mates in midfield to make only 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.’
The 21-year-old said that 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 perform 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 initially found it ‘difficult’ alongside Toni Kroos (above) and Luka Modric