Odegaard has been criticised by local pundits this season, though he impressed and scored in the KNVB Cup win against Heracles Almelo on Wednesday.
"So far I've experienced a struggle at Vitesse," he told De Gelderlander. "But I also had a reason, I only joined the club late at the end of August, I stepped in without a rhythm, and in Real Madrid's preseason I hardly had any playing time, but Real's stamp is always there.
"If you are from Real, the expectation is enormous. Then goals are expected everywhere.
"I'm still a teenager, had I made my debut in the Norwegian competition, I would still have been a young talent, I've been known for a long time.
"I was sixteen years old when I went to Real. I have been labeled with this label. But I do not walk through everything. I still have to reach my best years. I need time."
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