Real Sociedad star Martin Odegaard, who is on loan from ​Real Madrid, has confirmed that he had interest from ​Barcelona but ended up joining their bitter rivals instead

The Norwegian has been in excellent form this season for La Real, scoring three goals from 14 matches while also assisting four times in the process. 

The former Vitesse star will almost certainly be used by Real Madrid somewhere down the line but it could have been a lot different had he joined the Catalan giants.

"It could have happened. A lot of clubs rang my father and I did pay a visit (to Barcelona), but in the end, it didn't turn out,” he was quoted as saying by AS.

Odegaard was then asked about Lionel Messi and the youngster claimed that the Argentine is the best player in the world, along with Cristiano Ronaldo, which is why there is a lot he can learn from him.

"I like his style, obviously. He is the best player - along with Cristiano and I can learn so much from him - watching how he does things, but he is at another level altogether to me and so there is no way I could compare my game to what he does.”

Finally, he spoke about his future with Real Socieded, saying, "The plan is two years at Real, I'm absolutely sure about that.”

Fans and pundits alike expect the Norwegian to be called back by Real Madrid after his two-year loan spell ends, with the objective of integrating him into their first-team.