Man City agree deal to sign 14-year-old American wonderkid Cavan Sullivan | Football

Cavan Sullivan is one of the brightest prospects in MLS history (Picture: Philadelphia Union)

14-year-old prospect Cavan Sullivan has signed for Major League Soccer side Philadelphia Union, with a deal in place for him to join Manchester City when he turns 18.

The American teenager has signed the ‘largest deal for Homegrown player in Major League Soccer history’ in a contract with Philadelphia Union that runs until 2028.

The Times report that Manchester City would pay ‘up to $5m (£4m) for the attacking midfielder when he turns 18.

Philadelphia Union Sporting Director Ernst Tanner said of Sullivan: ‘Cavan is undeniably a rare and extraordinary talent. At just 14-years-old his natural skill and vision are far beyond his years.

‘His advanced soccer IQ, paired with his ability to read plays, advance the ball, and score, show just how high his ceiling will be. We are incredibly pleased to have come to an agreement to have Cavan join the Union on his first professional contract and have no doubt on the impact he will make with the club.’

On being touted as one of the brightest prospects in the States, Sullivan said he is unmoved by the hype.

‘I tend not to even listen to what they call me or what they say about me. It’s really just what I think of myself,’ said the youngster. ‘I don’t really listen to anyone, whether it’s good or bad. So it doesn’t really get to me whatsoever.’

On the prospect of moving to Manchester City in four year’s time, he told the Philadelphia Inquirer: ‘I mean, just the name Man City pops out to almost every kid, and they’re the most fun team to watch in the world right now.

‘Especially for myself, I look up to and use players like Bernardo Silva and [Phil] Foden, to try and play like them. It’s just always been a dream of mine to also play in the Premier League, and with the plan the Union and the City group created to get there at 18 — which is a young age — that just seemed ideal for me.

‘I’m humble enough to realise that it is going to be a challenge, it is going to be hard — I mean, the greatest club in the world, arguably. So I know there’s going to be spots I’m going to have to fight for throughout the way. But I’m also confident enough to say I believe I can do this. I do trust my abilities.’

FIFA rules mean international transfers are not an option for players under 18, which is why the Premier League champions have come to the early agreement with Philadelphia Union for the teenager.


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