As Atlético turns back the clock with Torres, Odegaard moves closer to El Real

In the circle of life. It’s the wheel of fortune, the leap of faith, and the band of hope. But it’s also the Madrid derby, with one expired star returning to the capital as a new hope arrives.

As 30-going-on-40 Fernando Torres prepares to begin his second spell with his boyhood club by starting for Atlético Madrid against El Real in the Copa Del Rey, recent ex-fetus Martin Odegaard is reported to be close to signing for today’s visitors at the Vicente Calderón. Norwegian outlet VG claims that the midfield prodigy, who turned 16 last month, will join Madrid from Norwegian Premier League club Stromsgodset.

That’ll disappoint … well, just about every other top club on the continent, according to reports. Bayern Munich was reportedly close, with Southampton apparently emergence as a late contender. Instead, the kid’s going to Spain, where he’s legally too young to drive but not too young to travel on a private jet.

Meanwhile, at the other end of the age spectrum: after all the euphoric hype among Atleti fans about “the Kid’s” return, today they get to see him in match action, hoping he can roll back the years as he seeks his first goal since September.

Home return. Derby. Facing the best team in the world. No pressure, Nando. Just be your normal, confident self.


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