Potters have landed 15-year-old after he impressed on a trial with the club.
Stoke City have pulled off a major transfer coup by beating a whole host of big-name clubs to the signature of promising young Belgium star Julien Ngoy, according to reports on the ESPN.
The exciting 15-year-old moved to the Britannia stadium after impressing new Potters head coach Mark Hughes during a week-long trial at the Premier League club’s Clayton Wood training complex.
And it has also now been revealed that Stoke saw off stiff competition for the Belgium Under-16 international from the likes of Premier League champions Manchester United and fellow top-flight outfit Arsenal, as well as La Liga giants Real Madrid, in order to win the race for Ngoy’s coveted signature.
As a result, the club have now been able to confirm that Ngoy has indeed agreed to move to Stoke, having put pen to paper on a deal that will see the youngster join the Potters’ Category A Academy, with the Belgium actually signing on a fortnight ago.
Ngoy will now join a long list of other big-name star players from Belgium who are currently plying their trade in the English Premier League, with Stoke chief executive Tony Scholes and technical director Mark Cartwright having both been desperate in recent weeks to keep news of the player’s arrival at the club a closely guarded secret.
“He’s started well, so we’re just going to see how he progresses and gets on,” said Damien Francis, a representative of Ngoy’s agency.
“In Belgium, he plays for the national team so we’ve got high hopes for him. For a 15-year-old he’s very talented. If he keeps his feet on the ground and works hard, the sky’s the limit for him.
“He’s a young lad, so he’s got to keep his feet on the ground, and work hard in order to make it. He’s done nothing in the game, in reality, because he’s got a long career ahead of him.”