Millwall boss Neil Harris has confirmed a recent story by The Sun that the Championship club have lost one of their brightest young prospects to Manchester City.
14-year-old Darko Gyabi has joined City in a deal reported to be worth an initial £300,000 with bonuses potentially taking it to £1 million.
Quoted by the ‘News at Den’ website, Harris spoke of losing Gyabi, a player said to be similar in style to Paul Pogba, but couldn’t really blame him for heading to the Premier League champions, who sport the best training facilities in England.
“Man City are that huge club,” Harris said. “We talk about transfer fees for young players, and I find it very difficult. Dealing with players that have played 50, 60 international games, and then you’re dealing with 13-, 14-year-olds. It’s very tough.
“This is one that has been publicised, but loads of these go on through the course of a season at our club and everywhere else in the country and don’t get reported.
“I’ve seen Darko play myself a couple of times and he’s an exceptional young player. But when Man City come calling it’s very difficult to make players want to stay.
“If players aren’t going to stay then you have to make sure you get the best deal for the club.
“We wish Darko all the best for the future and we hope to see him on the big stage one day.”
City hope they have discovered another Jadon Sancho in Gyabi, who chose the English champions ahead of Arsenal and Wolves. He has been playing in Millwall’s under-16s team, two years above his age group, and comes from the same estate in London as England international Sancho.