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Rolfes confirms that Leverkusen want to take Ødegaard on loan

By Rune Gjerulff

Simon Rolfes has confirmed Bayer Leverkusen's desire to take Martin Ødegaard on loan.

Martin Ødegaard (front).
Martin Ødegaard (front).Photo: Ehaddeland, Wikimedia Commons
Bayer Leverkusen sporting director Simon Rolfes has confirmed that the Bundesliga club want to sign Martin Ødegaard from Real Madrid.

Since the Spanish capital club don't want to let the 20-year-old go permanently, he's expected to join Leverkusen on loan.

"It's clear that Real Madrid don't want to sell the player," Rolfes told Bild and added:

"A loan deal would make sense in order to be flexible on the transfer market."

Ødegaard, who's under contract with Real Madrid until 2021, is likely to join Leverkusen on a two-year loan deal, according to Bild.

That means he would have to sign a contract extension with Real Madrid before completing his move to Germany on loan.

Ødegaard went to Germany to take a look at BayArena last week. He also went to visit Real Sociedad in Spain, but Bild reports that Leverkusen are confident that they have the best chance of landing the youngster, because they will be playing in the Champions League next season.

The Norwegian international spent last season on loan at Dutch side Vitesse, scoring 11 goals in 39 appearances.

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