Former Liverpool striker Stan Collymore has advised Norwegian sensation Martin Odegaard to be careful when he chooses his next club.
The 15-year-old created a record when he represented his country in the European qualifiers and has since garnered a lot of interest from all the major European clubs.
Odegaard is being tracked by all the top English clubs, Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea. Apart from that, he is also on the radar of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
A recent report suggested that the Strømsgodset midfielder was heading to Liverpool for a trial before Christmas and that he has already completed a similar trial stint at Real Madrid and has offers from Manchester United and Dutch club Ajax. Odegaard also revealed that Liverpool is the club of his dreams, but it will not sway his decision on his future destination.
The former Liverpool forward has now advised the midfielder to choose a relatively unknown Norwegian club, so that he can remain unnoticed and continue his football development without too much pressure. Collymore insists that, if Odegaard is good enough once he is older, he will get the opportunity to play at Anfield or the Santiago Bernabeu.
"My advice to the player, his parents and his representatives would be not to worry about getting trials at this club or that club, or signing a deal with this team or that team," Collymore said, as quoted by the Express.
"Go under the radar for as long as possible — if he is good enough, he will still make it to Anfield, or the Santiago Bernabeu, in due course, whether that be when he is 17, 19, 21 or whatever."
The former Aston Villa forward believes that the young midfielder should take this time to enjoy his life with his friends and schoolwork and just make sure he gets regular games under his belt. He also feels that Odegaard could remain with his current club and continue his development for longer before he goes looking for a new club.
"What he should really think about is finding himself a nice Norwegian club where he can get games under his belt and progress at his own pace. He might already have that at Strømsgodset, so why the rush to move on from there?" Collymore concluded.