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Solskjærs Soccer Schools Deliver United A Messi/Xavi Hybrid

Manchester United are in the final stages of tying up a contract for one of Europe’s hottest young properties with the signing of Stabaek’s Wonderkid Mats Moller Daehli.

Daehli, 15, has told his club that he will be linking up with United’s Academy on February 1st and has already secured a professional contract with United to be started when he turns 17. He first came to United’s attention through one of Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s Norwegian soccer schools and was brought to United for 5 separate trials, in which he scored 2 goals in 2 games.

He was sent back to Norway to continue his education and football with Stabaek but, it seems that with the player on the verge of his 16th birthday and his schooling nearly finished United have moved to sign the player up to fend off the approaches of Bayern Munich and Ajax.

Daehli has already been training with Stabaeks first team and more than holding his own. Reserve team coach Morten Tveit has given a glowing reference for the youngster “He can play right side, left side, maybe off the main striker. He can be a little bit Messi, a little bit Xavi.

“He is outstanding and can be a complete football player. He has the mentality, the technique, his attitude is very good. He has everything. If he misses something, it is the physical side. He has to be stronger. But he is 15 and that will come”

With such glowing references it is hard to see such a prestigious talent failing and with the fact he has already secured a professional contract it seems United feel the same. Daelhi will be linking up with a few other Norwegians in Manchester, Solskjær’s soccer schools have already harvested 3 great talents for United, Magnus Eikrem came through first closely followed by Joshua King and Etzaz Hussain.

United is seems have played the transfer system to their advantage yet again as because the youngster has not turned professional no fee can change hands. United have though agreed to pay Stabaek €10,000 (8,626) a year for the entirety of the players career. They have also promised to contribute in some way to the youth set-up at Stabaek and FC Lyn (his former club).

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