Real Madrid made the request to practice at Malvik IL’s facilities ahead of its Aug. 9 UEFA Super Cup fixture against Sevilla. According to Malvik soccer school boss Petter Roksvaag, Real Madrid staff likely chose Malvik for its “great turf” and its location not far from Lerkendal Stadion in the city of Trondheim, where the Super Cup game is scheduled to take place.
While Malvik officials conceded it would have been fun to host Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and other high-profile international players, Forbord said Real Madrid’s request that no spectators be able to watch would have displaced some 270 kids from their summer camp. That made the deal impossible.
“It’s not particularly fun to send home 270 kids,” Forbord said.
Forbord’s dream of seeing Malvik’s youth players one day join Real Madrid may not be as far-fetched as it sounds. Last year, Norway’s Martin Ødegaard, who came up through a small Norwegian club himself, signed with the Spanish giants at age 16. Now 17, Ødegaard will likely spend the 2016-17 season on loan in Germany playing for a Bundesliga team, Spain’s AS newspaper reported Wednesday.