Rennes not interested in Odegaard loan

Rennes president Rene Ruello has ruled out a loan move for Martin Odegaard as he feels the Real Madrid teenager needs too much work.

The 18-year-old became the youngest-ever debutant for Los Blancos when he appeared as a second-half substitute against Getafe in May 2015, having signed for the La LIga giants five months earlier.

But Odegaard has spent much of his time playing for the Castilla team and only made his first start for Zinedine Zidane's side last month against Cultural Leonesa in the Cope del Rey – featuring for the entire 90 minutes.

The Norway international had been a target for the Brittany club during the off-season transfer window, but administrative issues scuppered the deal.

After attending Les Rouges et Noirs' clash with Saint-Etienne earlier this month, there has been renewed speculation that the youngster could still move to Roazhon Park in January.

However, Ruello has dispelled the notion, saying it isn't worth his club's effort to get Odegaard ready for first-team football, only to watch him return to the Santiago Bernabeu after all their hard work.

Speaking to the Pleine Lucarne show on TVR, he said: "Christian [Gourcuff] looked and said to us: 'Right now he's not ready, he needs to work.

"If we have him for six months, he's not going to play, or very little, so there's no interest in doing it.

"If we have him for 18 months, we're going to get him up to speed and he'll leave after that. Rennes aren't here to bring through players for other clubs."