Norwegian sensation Martin Odegaard plans to visit a number of Europe's elite clubs at the end of the domestic season before deciding on his future, comments which dismiss talk he has already chosen Liverpool.
The 15-year-old's meteoric rise in European football has continued in recent weeks after he became the youngest player in the history of the European Championship after coming on as a substitute in a recent qualifier against Bulgaria.
The Stromsgodset forward went onto score both goals in a 2-1 league win over Lillestrom at the weekend.
Manchester United, Liverpool, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and a clutch of other clubs are monitoring Odegaard's rapid progress. But the youngster, who has struck five goals and assisted a further six in Norway's Tippeligaen this season, insists he has made no decision as of yet.
"It is all true. I will visit some of the biggest clubs in Europe at the end of the season," Odegaard said according to a tuttomercatoweb report. "This is because I want to be sure of the choice I will make for my future. I have to feel for the environment if I leave. I will only do it for a top level club."
Norway's league campaign concludes in November.
Reports recently suggested Odegaard, who doesn't turn 16 until 17 December, is a Liverpool supporter along with his father, a factor that may influence his decision when he opts to leave Stromsgodset.
But Odegaard's latest comments suggest no decision has been made regarding his future.
Praise for the teenager has been constant during his rise to prominence in recent months. With Barcelona considered one of the favourites to entice the forward to their club, Odegaard has been likened to current stars Xavi and Andres Iniesta.
"Odegaard is an interesting player in a highly respected team (Stromsgodset)," Bertuzzi said.
"He is a talented and creative midfielder but he has impressive maturity. He attacks down the left but can also play on the right or in the centre. I saw a similar maturity in Paul Pogba, but he was 17 at the time, not 15.
"I am not surprised Barcelona are interested. He features a mix of both Xavi and Andres Iniesta. Despite being an adolescent he is almost a semi-god of football," added Bertuzzi.