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Danny Mills has told Thierry Small to seal a temporary exit from Everton amid interest from Leeds United and a host of others.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Whites and England defender insisted the 16-year-old still has a lot to learn and a temporary move to the French or Dutch second division would be perfect.

The Express report Small is unhappy with his path to the first team at Goodison Park and is yet to agree his first professional contract.


Leeds United, along with Arsenal, Manchester United, Brighton & Hove Albion, Brentford as well as Bayern Munich have been credited with an interest.

Small became the Toffees’ youngest-ever player earlier this season when he was introduced from the bench against Sheffield Wednesday at the age of 16 years and 176 days.

Mills’ son Stanley is also a member of Everton’s academy alongside Small and he told the left-back to seal a loan move away from the limelight.

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He told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “Just be good enough, that’s the advice. You’re 16, you’re not realistically going to get into the first team until you’re 18, 19 at the earliest.

“Learn your trade, get better at your trade. That’s the advice I’d be giving him. Work on your weaknesses, work on your positioning.

“Also, you need experience. In a year’s time or two year’s time, go out on loan. Go to some French second division side or some Dutch second division side to get some game time.

“Learn where it’s easier to get away with making mistakes. Learning at the highest level in the Championship or Premier League is hard because when you make a mistake you get slaughtered. The pressure’s on from your teammates, from your fans, from your manager and the coaches. My advice would be go and learn and get the experience away from the limelight.

“Then come back to it. It’s very difficult to put this into young players but don’t rush things. There are very few players who are top players at 19-years-old.” 

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