Former Vitesse Arnhem boss Leonid Slutsky has heaped praise on Norwegian talent Martin Odegaard.

Slutsky coached Odegaard last season while he was on loan with Vitesse Arnhem, and he believes the midfielder is now ready to play for Real Madrid.

He told Spanish news agency EFE, “I’m sure Odegaard is ready to play for Real Madrid. He already plays at the highest level and If Real gives him the chance, Martin will win a starting place.”

Slutsky also knows that Odegaard turned down offers from Ajax and Liverpool to join Real Sociedad in the summer, “His time at Vitesse has been important to him. He was one of the best players in the Eredivisie and had many offers. Not only from Real Sociedad, but also from Liverpool and Ajax. It is an honor to have had a share in the growth of Martin.

“He was in the gym every day and was very careful about his nutrition. He is a super professional, almost a robot. Martin is one of the best professionals I have seen in my life.”

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