Aston Villa have entered the race to sign Exeter City youngster Ben Chrisene, that is according to a report from The Sun on Sunday (print edition, page 61, November 3, 2019).
The midfielder is just 15-years-old and became Exeter City’s youngest ever player this season when he came off the bench to feature in their Carabao Cup defeat against Coventry City, beating the record set by Ethan Ampadu (BBC Sport).
His manager Matt Taylor believes that he has the potential to be a very good player, telling BBC Sport: “He’s going to play at the top level, it’s as simple as that.
“What that top level is for Ben, he’s 15 years old, I can’t tell you that yet. But I think he’ll play at a top, top standard of football.”
However, according to the report in The Sun he has spent a week training with Aston Villa recently.
Once Chrisene turns 16 in January he will be eligible to switch clubs, and it is thought that the West Midlands outfit are keen on securing his services.
However, they could face high profile competition for the youngster’s signature, with the report from The Sun also suggesting that Chelsea and Bundesliga outfit Bayern Munich are interested in him.
With Chrisene still being so young, it is extremely unlikely that he will play first-team football anytime soon for any of the clubs linked with him, including Aston Villa.
He must therefore base the decision of who to sign for on which club will help him develop his game, whilst also perhaps considering which team has the best track record at giving young players opportunities.
Given the calibre of clubs that are interested in the player he obviously has potential, and choosing his next destination is a crucial decision for him.
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