By Wayne Veysey

15th Jul, 2021 | 12:52pm

Sources: Real Madrid swoop for Everton sensation Small rejected

Real Madrid have been knocked back in their bid to lure Thierry Small from Everton, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.

Goodison manager Carlo Ancelotti is a huge admirer of the left-back, 16, and made him the club’s youngest-ever player when handing him his debut in January of this year.

A recruitment source has told Football Insider that Everton have made moves to sign Small this summer amid major doubts over his future.

It is said that Ancelotti is a big fan and “would take Thierry tomorrow” if he possibly could.

But new Brexit rules make it extremely complex for clubs on the Continent to sign English players under the age of 18.

It means that Small will have to move to another English club this summer if he decides to quit Goodison.

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That is highly possible amid a stalemate in talks with Everton over a new contract for when he turns 17 on 1 August.

The Merseysiders have tabled an offer to the youngster, who has hit the headlines this week for training alone away from the club.

Small is wanted by Arsenal and Man United, while Football Insider revealed yesterday that Aston Villa are also very keen on him.

Villa could have one major advantage in the race as Small hails from the Midlands and he was on West Brom’s books until the age of 11.

His uncle Bryan also played for Villa for six years after graduating from their youth ranks.

Dean Smith’s side have been actively pursuing top homegrown talent this summer and last week won the race to lure Ajani Burchall from Bournemouth.

The Midlands outfit, backed by the vast resources of billionaire owners Wes Edens and Naseef Sawiris also agreed the signing of Tim Iroegbunam from West Brom for a six-figure fee.

In other news, Kieran Maguire has revealed Everton have “£17m coming in” after huge news.