Manchester City have beaten Liverpool to the signing of Feyenoord youngster Rodney Kongolo according to reports in Netherlands.

  • By Michael Bell
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kongoloRTV Rijmond are reporting that the 16-year-old will move to Manchester, after rejecting the chance to stay in Rotterdam, or join Liverpool, who made a late bid to sign him.

Kongolo, who’s older brother Terence is now breaking into the Feyenoord first team, is a highly rated midfielder, and has been compared to Patrick Vieira.

Feyenoord are used to seeing their young talents move to England, with Karim Rekik, Kyle Ebecilio, Nathan Ake, and Jeffrey Bruma all leaving at a young age to the bright lights of the Premier League.

However Ake is the only one still playing in England still with Chelsea’s reserves, while Rekik is at PSV on loan, along with Bruma, who finally left Chelsea after a lack of first team opportunities, and Ebecilio joined Twente from Arsenal.

Kongolo is taking a huge risk with his career by leaving Netherlands at such a young age, with the chance of  first team opportunities at cash rich Manchester City a lot fewer than if he stayed in the Eredivisie.

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