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Football Leaks: Martin Odegaard's father got Real Madrid coaching job worth 10 times normal salary

Martin Odegaard

Real Madrid handed Martin Odegaard's father a coaching job with a hugely inflated salary to help secure his son's signature, according to Football Leaks.

The Spanish giants completed the signing of a then-16-year-old Odegaard in January 2015.

The midfielder arrived at the Bernabeu with a lofty reputation having made his senior international debut aged 15, and it has now been alleged that Madrid (opens in new tab) offered the player's father a lucrative role in order to smooth the deal.

Norwegian outlet VG (opens in new tab) claims to have seen documents from Football Leaks which show that Hans Erik Odegaard received a contract worth around £2.7m on the same day that his son joined los Blancos.

Odegaard Sr. was offered a role as assistant coach of Madrid's Under-11s, but the salary was around 10 times higher than the usual rate.

He had previously been working as a coach at Mjondalen, a club which was not even competing in Norway's top flight at the time.

Odegaard Jr., who turns 21 in December, is currently on loan at Real Sociedad having failed to secure a regular spot in the Madrid first team.


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Greg Lea
Greg Lea

Greg Lea is a freelance football journalist who's filled in wherever FourFourTwo needs him since 2014. He became a Crystal Palace fan after watching a 1-0 loss to Port Vale in 1998, and once got on the scoresheet in a primary school game against Wilfried Zaha's Whitehorse Manor (an own goal in an 8-0 defeat).