Next week Estonia will travel to Norway to take on the local national team in a friendly game in Oslo.
It will be Estonia’s test match before the challenge (so to say…) in San Marino on the 15th of November.
Among the Norwegian call-ups there should be also the 15-year-old Martin Ødegaard.
The 1998-born midfielder plies trade in his home country at Strømsgodset.
Martin set an international record on the 13th of October when he entered the pitch on the 63’ minutes during Norway-Bulgaria qualifier games as he’s the youngest player to have debuted in a European qualifiers game (his first time with the national team was already during the summer when he debuted in a goalless draw against United Arab Emirates).
However, the interest around him is also growing at club level.
Yesterday, Spanish TV La Sexta journalist, José Luis Sanchez, reported that Ødegaard was in Madrid in the afternoon visiting Real Madrid facilities. According to other sources, the young player has already visited Ajax training facilities last week. Still underage (we repeat, he is only 15!) he is travelling around Europe with his father helping him making the right decision.
Reportedly, the likes of several Premier League, La Liga and Bundesliga clubs are eager to sign the young prospect.
A similar situation occurring in Estonia with FC Flora’s Karol Mets, a player that has already attracted the attention of foreign clubs after his positive games with Estonia in the European Qualifiers.
Contrary to Ødegaard, Karol Mets is already 21 and Aivar Pohlak, FC Flora president, is the one who will take care of his future. ‘I deal with Karol’s career planning myself’ told the Flora president and also Estonian FA chairman to Postimees ‘it’s an ambitious player we’re talking about, and he needs some authoritative presence on his side,’ explained the prominent football executive referring to himself.
Who will get a contract abroad earlier? Martin from Norway in his 15’s or Karol from Estonia in his 21’s?
It is a challenge into the challenge together with the one that the Estonian fans will attend/watch next week when the two national teams will face each other. Martin and Karol will play one opposed to the other in the middle of the park.
Probably under the eyes of many scouts.