For former Real Madrid star Martin Odegaard, fitting into Los Blancos’ squad and feeling comfortable has been a tough challenge.
The Norwegian came to Madrid as a teenager of 15, but it wasn’t enough to eventually guarantee him success as a first-team footballer.
“There were many difficult phases with both the first and the second team,” he said in an interview with Norwegian broadcaster TV2.
“But being among the best made me stronger. I feel like I’ve grown thanks to Madrid and learned from players like us [Sergio] Ramos and Cristiano [Ronaldo].
“When you’re at the highest level, it’s not that easy to make friends and all. At least not when you’re young and come from somewhere else.
The Arsenal midfielder concluded that the experience had a strong character in him.
“I come from a different changing culture and it is not easy to fit into a changing room [like the one at Madrid]. It was difficult, but it made me stronger and I’m happy to have seen it, ”he concluded.
Next up for Odegaard and the Gunners is a visit to Patrick Vieira’s Crytal Palace in the Emirates this weekend.
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