​Martin Odegaard, the Norwegian teenager who made headlines when he signed for Real Madrid in January 2015, has now been sent on loan to Eredivisie side Heerenveen for the remainder of the season.

As reported by ​Goal.com, the 18-year-old has struggled to break into Zinedine Zidane's first team at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium and the decision has been made to give Odegaard some competitive experience.

The attacking midfielder has mainly been in Los Blancos' reserve side, Castilla, since arriving in the Spanish capital, but he did make his debut in May 2015 in the final fixture of the season, becoming the club's youngest ever player at 16-years-and-157-days-old.

This season the former Strømsgodset player has again been with Real Madrid Castilla, although he was given a maiden start for the senior side in a Copa del Rey fixture in November 2016.

Dutch side Heerenveen confirmed the loan deal and are expected to give the €8m player more first team opportunities than his parent club, despite doing well in the Eredivisie this year; they are currently 4th in the table.

He is the youngest ever player to represent the Norwegian national side when he was just 15-years-old and is expected to give his first appearance for his new club in a press conference on Tuesday morning.