On January 22, 2015, Real Madrid officially announced the signing of the young Norwegian footballer Martin Odegaard.
He was just 16-years-old at the time, and was wanted by all the big European clubs, including Bayern Munich, Liverpool and Arsenal.
Finally, Odegaard accepted the offer from 'Los Blancos' (who paid four million euros to Stromsgodset) and signed a six-year contract.
Just a year-and-a-half later, Real Madrid have no idea what to do with Odegaard.
They hoped to loan him this season to French club Rennes, but the Ligue 1 club rejected the option due to him still being a minor (he is 17-years-old). They want to avoid any issues with the reglamentation surrounding transfers of under-18 players.
An alternative is that the Norwegian continues to play at Castilla, but his performances so far have been sub-standard and his progress practically imperceptible. A loan to another Spanish team seems to have been ruled out.
The only way out of the situation is to wait for the winter transfer window, by which time Odegaard will have turned 18, and there will no longer be problems for his international transfer.
Though by that time Real Madrid may be under a transfer embargo, if FIFA apply the same punishment to the team from the Spanish capital as they did to Barcelona.