Manchester United have reportedly beaten several of European soccer’s top teams to sign Belgian boy wonder Indy Boonen on a three-year contract.
The 16-year-old has been coveted by every giant of the soccer world, but according to reports in Belgium he has signed for the Red Devils with the likes of Manchester City, Arsenal and Feyenoord all offering him deals.
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Boonen, a former Genk academy product, has been training with United for the past month and has been quoted by Belgian newspaper HLN as saying the following:
“It’s like in a dream. The training sessions are hard, but I don’t feel the tiredness when I realize I have signed for Manchester United.”
Although Boonen is not on the same level as Martin Odegaard, Real Madrid’s recent 16-year-old signing from Stromsgodset in Norway, it is believed the attacking midfielder has an extremely bright future in the game.
United have apparently been scouting Boonen since he played in a friendly against them back in April 2013, and they are also said to be keeping tabs on his younger brother, Sepp, who is just 13 but has shown plenty of promise as a goalkeeper in Belgium.
So, what is going on in Belgium right now?
In a country that has a population of just over 11 million, they are ranked as the fourth best national team in the world by FIFA, have superstars like Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois, Vincent Kompany and many others, plus their academies appear to keep churning top talents out. Remarkable.
United have yet to confirm the deal but remember the name: Indy Boonen.