Aston Villa are on the verge of adding another impressive player to their already famous youth academy. Moustafa Zeidan Khalili is a 15-year old midfielder that plays a similar style of football to Arsenal midfield Mesut Ozil.
It was the Swedish media who first reported about this deal, with Khalili’s agent also giving us a little more detail about this future new star.
“15-year-old, who has made several first-team matches with Högaborgs BK in Division 2, has reached agreement with Aston Villa on a three year contract.
“He will join their U18-U19 teams, even though he is 15 years old. He has visited the club and have got a good picture, says agent Hasan Cetinkaya.”
His agent added: “He is a player who scores goals. He is left-footed and has a playing style similar to Mesut Ozil much, they are very similar. He is one of the greatest talents I’ve seen as an agent of his ages, I have not seen anything like this if I am to be completely honest. He will be a Premier League player shortly, I’m convinced.”
The likes of Ajax and Benfica were also interested in the young midfielder but Aston Villa was Khalili’s first choice. Aston Villa’s recent NextGen cup victory did play a role in his decision but it was the clubs tendency to promote youth players that really captured Khalili’s attention.
“He’s got a good impression from Aston Villa, and historically, they lift up many players to the first team. It’s a good step for him to develop. He thinks it’s great fun, a dream for him.”
Signing youth players is the way to go, they are usually cheaper but not every player makes it to the Premier League. Still it appears as though this player has a lot of hype around him and I hope that he can live up peoples and more importantly his own expectations as a player.