By Tom Blackburn
Real Madrid sensation Martin Odegaard is unable to leave Spain on loan due to a Fifa ruling on minors, according to a report.
Spanish website Sport say the ruling is the reason French club Rennes opted not to complete the loan transfer of the player, as it stipulates that no player under the age of 18 can be sent abroad on loan.
It is said that the Ligue 1 outfit want to avoid the possibility of flouting Fifa regulations.
Football website Tribal Football claimed earlier this summer that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was keeping tabs on the 17-year-old, who already has nine caps for his country.
The Mail claimed at the start of August that West Ham were also interested in the Norwegian prodigy.
It was said that the player’s preference for a move was Liverpool or the Bundesliga, and that there were offers on the table from Bayer Leverkusen and Hamburg.
The attacking midfielder, 17, put pen to paper at the Bernabeu last year after signing from two-time Norwegian Premier League winners Stromsgodset for a fee of around £2.4million.
Odegaard still has five years remaining on his current contract and Real went to huge effort to secure his signature ahead of Europe’s other biggest clubs.
Odegaard, who wears the number seven shirt for Real Madrid’s B side, scored only one goal in 35 appearances for Castilla, but did conjure up seven assists.
In other Liverpool transfer news, they are to offer their 26-year-old a fresh chance to prove himself.