Madrid: Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti insisted Friday that Norwegian prodigy Martin Odegaard has a great future but needs time to settle into his new life.
A complete unknown only a year ago, Odegaard`s transfer to Real Madrid has set his fledgling career soaring towards the summit.
But Ancelotti said the European champions would not be rushing the youngster who will be paid a reported $60,000 a week.
"It`s difficult to think that Odegaard could play (in the first team) straight away," Ancelotti told a press conference.
"He`s very young, we have to be patient with him. We`re all convinced he`ll play and will be an important player for Real Madrid.
"Looking ahead I really think that with his qualities, his intelligence, he will be a Real Madrid player ... Odegaard represents the future of this team."
The 16-year-old midfielder had long been courted by some of Europe`s top clubs. Real, Bayern Munich, Arsenal and Liverpool were all reportedly in the race to sign the teenager who has three caps for Norway.
He will train with Real Madrid`s first team but play with the reserve side -- Real Madrid Castilla -- which is coached by former France star Zinedine Zidane.
"We`re really keen for him to arrive, we`re convinced that he will have a big future," said Ancelotti. "We`re happy, but we have to remain calm concerning him."