Real Madrid have snubbed an approach from Liverpool for the services of starlet Martin Odegaard for the rest of the season, according to Marca. The Spanish publication claims a number of clubs are after the 17-year-old wunderkind, but the La Liga giants have no plans to let the former Strømsgodset prodigy go.
Odegaard was one of the hottest properties on the planet in the January mercato of 2015, with the youngster linked with the cream of Europe's sides including Real Madrid, Manchester United, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Ajax, and Liverpool themselves. The Merseysiders were believed to have an advantage at the time, as the player revealed his passion for the Anfield outfit.
"Liverpool have always been my dream club. But I will not let this affect my decision when I choose a new team," the he then said.
Real Madrid were the eventual preferred suitors, agreeing to pay around £3.5m ($5m) to Strømsgodset, and offering him the chance to train with the first team while playing for the reserve side, which was then managed by Zinedine Zidane.
However, Odegaard has failed to make the step up so far, scoring just one goal for the second team and making a solitary appearance for the seniors.
The appointment of Zidane as first-team manager has increased speculation over his future, as the Frenchman looked unconvinced by the youngster during their time together at Castilla.
Reports have suggested that new Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was hoping to take advantage of this situation to claim the player on either a temporary or permanent basis.
Marca has now confirmed that Klopp recently approached Real Madrid, but claimed that Los Blancos immediately turned all offers as the player is "not for sale".
Real Madrid, according to the Spanish publication, still believe Odegaard will make the step up to prove his real worth sooner rather than later, with the club having identified as a future Ballon d'Or winner.