London outfit, Arsenal FC have completed the signing of Nigerian wonderkid Jayden Adetiba after impressing on trial.
The nine-year-old Jayden Adetiba, who was born in Nigeria but has lived in South Africa for a couple of years, has been signed to the Gunners’ academy after impressing during a five-week trial in London.
Adetiba has also lived in England, but has been playing for the SuperSport United Soccer School in Cape Town.
Footballing talent seems to run in the family, with his older brother having spent three years at Blackburn Rovers’ Academy.
Adetiba, an Arsenal fan, says it’s a dream come true.
“I thank God and my parents for this,” he is quoted as saying in The Sun. “I am very happy. I train three times a week at the academy and we have a match at the weekend.
“The amazing thing is, I have always been an Arsenal fan and I will work hard every day to make the first team.”
Adetiba’s father, John, reacted with excitement by sharing the image of his son signing the contract on his Twitter account. He wrote;
The little man joins the big club!! pic.twitter.com/kQC5EaV3zY
— John Adetiba (@jbatweeter1) August 28, 2018
Speaking about his son’s move to Arsenal, his dad said;
“Jayden’s older brother spent three years at the Blackburn Rovers Academy and recently signed with Ebbsfleet United Academy.
Our middle son is also playing football and recently signed with a local team.”