Premier League clubs circling around Leeds talent Jimiel Chikukwa - report
Premier League clubs are circling around Leeds United talent Jimiel Chikukwa, according to The Herald.
Chikukwa’s father has suggested that there has been interest from many levels of English football, with some Premier League clubs sniffing around.
It has been suggested that the 17-year-old attacker is set to put pen-to-paper on his first professional contract in the coming week.
Speaking to the Zimbabwean outlet, Chikukwa Senior has shared that the future looks bright at Thorp Arch and Elland Road despite little dialect between the two parties.
“Jimiel’s two-year contract is expiring in June and as we speak there are a number of clubs that have enquired about him to sign up his professional contract,” he said.
“Some of the clubs are in the Premiership, Championship and League One.
“The future looks bright although Leeds Academy has not told him anything about his future with the club.”
We don’t want to be in a position where we leave a new deal too late, and Chikukwa is allowed to leave the club for nothing other than a tribunal fee.
The 17-year-old is clearly attracting tonnes of interest from up-and-down the country, and that is an indicator of just how highly rated he is.
It has been a tough year for the under-18s this season since the step-up in competition, although Chikukwa has managed to score five goals in 13 appearances.
Having said that, those goals came in his first five starts of the season, meaning he has found form hard to come by after the COVID-19 pandemic break.
Chikukwa appears happy to remain at Thorp Arch, and it will be interesting to see if Leeds make that possible between now and the end of June.
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