Liverpool and Chelsea have lost out on the opportunity to land German teen sensation Monty Gimpel, who has opted to sign professional terms with Leeds United reports the Daily Mail.
The 17-year-old defender, who has been part of the YTS programme at Elland Road this season has signed a one-year deal with the Championship club.
Simon Grayson has moved quickly to tie Gimpel down to a Leeds contract after firm interest shown in the player by both Liverpool and Chelsea.
Reds boss Kenny Dalglish has put an emphasis on youth development at Anfield, as Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli looks to bring in and nurture Europe's finest up and coming talent.
Meanwhile Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, who recently severed ties with former manager Carlo Ancelotti, has also set about the task of evolving the Stamford Bridge squad in a bid to oversee the coming together of a new generation of future Blues stars.
Gimpel is widely regarded as a precocious young talent, and has been told he could be in contention for Leeds' first team after just six months of training with the Lilywhites.
Crowned the independent schools U16 Player of the Year last season, Gimpel will finish his full-time studies this summer at Ardingly College in West Sussex – the school also attended by Chelsea star Frank Lampard, before embarking on a career in professional football.
Liverpool and Chelsea's loss, could well be Leeds' gain – but only time will tell whether Grayson has unearthed a rough diamond, that could be polished into a leading Barclays Premier League star of the future.