Former Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has claimed the Spanish club only signed Norwegian starlet Martin Odegaard as a PR stunt.
The classy midfielder joined Los Blancos side from Stromsgodset as a 16-year-old in January 2015 for around £3 million and has spent most of his time with the Real second team, making just one appearance for the senior side.
Despite being so young, Odegaard was rumoured to be on a sizeable weekly wage, but Ancelotti has admitted that the transfer was more hype than substance.
Writing latest book, Quiet Leadership, via The Mirror, Ancelotti – who is now manager of Bayern Munich – insists marketing played a big part in the deal, saying: “When [club president] Florentino [Perez] buys a Norwegian footballer, you simply have to accept it.
“Furthermore, the president decided that he would play three games with the first team as a public relations exercise.
“He could be the best player in the world, but I don’t care because he was not a player who I asked for.
“That signing was a to do with PR.”
Odegaard is expected to go out to another side on loan next season, with Premier League clubs already being linked with the teenager.
What do you think of Ancelotti’s comments? Is it surprising that Real would go down such a route?