Pro Soccer Team Signs 11-Year Old

Chelsea's team in the Premier League -- a professional soccer league in the UK -- has signed an 11-year old boy to play when he's of age. Michael Gyasi was first noticed a year ago and has been under observation by talent scouts since that time:

After a further appearance against them, Chelsea's recruitment staff asked whether Gyasi could come to train with them. He did so during the summer holidays and impressed to such a degree that the club set in motion moves to sign him.

Chelsea must pay compensation to Northampton for their development of the schoolboy, and it is believed that a down-payment of not more than £10,000 has been negotiated. The football authorities prefer clubs to resolve such issues between themselves rather than resort to arbitration. Further payments would be due to Northampton if Gyasi becomes a scholar or turns professional.


Link via Deadspin | Photo: ESPN

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