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Odegaard insists that it is ‘good to play for Real Madrid again’ despite a draw against Real Sociedad

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

  • Real Madrid opened their new LaLiga season with a draw against Real Sociedad
  • Martin Odegaard was picked for Casemiro in midfield from Zinedine Zidane
  • Odegaard only made his third Real appearance in the draw in San Sebastian
  • But the Norwegian star was frustrated not to claim victory over his old club

Martin Odegaard insisted he was happy to play for Real Madrid again, but said he was not completely satisfied after their draw against former club Real Sociedad.

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

Norwegian international Odegaard was loaned to Sociedad last season, but played against his former teammates in midfield to make his third appearance for Real.

Norwegian star Martin Odegaard insisted he was happy to play for Real Madrid again

Norwegian star Martin Odegaard insisted he was happy to play for Real Madrid again

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

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

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

But when asked how satisfied he was after his first LaLiga appearance for Real since 2015, Odegaard told Spanish channel Movistar +: ‘I feel good, but we miss the win.

‘I am not very happy with it, although it is good to play for Real Madrid again.

“It was a match against friends and good people.”

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

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

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

Real boss Zinedine Zidane chose Odegaard for Casemiro in his XI in San Sebastian

Real boss Zinedine Zidane chose Odegaard for Casemiro in his XI in San Sebastian

Real boss Zinedine Zidane chose Odegaard for Casemiro in his XI in San Sebastian

Odegaard was included in the starting XI for Brazilian star Casemiro and stood alongside veterans Toni Kroos and Luka Modric.

And the Norwegian revealed that he was being asked to play a different role from the Brazilian, adding that it was initially ‘difficult’ to play in midfield alongside his more experienced teammates.

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

I understand them [Kroos and Modric] but in the beginning it is always difficult. They are players of an incredible level and that makes it easier for me. ‘

Odegaard revealed that he initially found it 'difficult' alongside Toni Kroos (above) and Luka Modric

Odegaard revealed that he initially found it 'difficult' alongside Toni Kroos (above) and Luka Modric

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

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