Real Sociedad: Imanol believes that Odegaard will stay at Real Sociedad for one more season

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Imanol believes that Odegaard will stay at Real Sociedad for one more seasonANDER GILLENEAAFP

Imanol Alguacil is confident that Real Madrid loanee Martin Odegaard will still be at Real Sociedad next season.

The 21-year-old’s loan deal with the Basque side runs until the end of the 2020/21 campaign, and despite there being an option for it to be cut short this summer, La Real’s coach believes that the playmaker will remain in San Sebastian.

“It’s something that I haven’t talked to him about, but I take it for granted that he will be here, just like the rest,” said Imanol.

“Why? Because of how I see them, because of how they came back after lockdown and that tells you a lot.

“[We are] as we were when we stopped: the entire team committed, wanting to play, squeezing each other.

“And now they have returned with the same [mentality] and that makes me feel calm.

“Then it is football and anything can happen, but everyone is super excited to finish this well, to have a super beautiful year next year.

“I think Martin is having a great year but, as I have always said, that is because he has improved through training.

“He knows he is at a great club that is giving him a lot, just as he is giving the team [a lot].

“I think he is very happy and excited, wanting to compete again.”

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