Teenage starlet rejects Premier League giants…
Chelsea and Manchester United both tried to sign 15-year-old goalkeeper Mile Svilar from his boyhood club Anderlecht, but the player will stay with his local club, reports Belgian publication Nieuwsblad.
Svilar’s father Rene Svilar, who played as a professional goalkeeper for Antwerp, has explained how the English giants made approaches for his teenage son, who will stay with Anderlecht despite the interest.
“He has trialled at Chelsea and Manchester United also inquired. Everyone wants him. But we already have an agreement with Anderlecht, even though he can’t sign a contract until his 16th birthday. There is nowhere better for him than Anderlecht,” said Svilar senior.
Mile Svilar stands at 6ft. 2″ already, and is rated as one of the most talented teenage goalkeepers in Europe.
He will sign professional terms with Anderlecht when he turns 16, which should keep European heavyweights sniffing around his signature for the time being at least.
Svilar’s decision must have also been linked to his chances of first-team football at either Chelsea or United. The Blues have Thibaut Courtois between the sticks, and at 22-years-old, he could start at Stamford Bridge for the next decade. Similarly, United have 23-year-old David de Gea in goal – who could do the same at Old Trafford.