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Chelsea & Arsenal battle for 15-year-old Dutch playmaker

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Feyenoord have acknowledged 15-year-old midfielder Rodney Kongolo is a target for Premier League giants including Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City but have confirmed they're yet to receive an approach approach, according to Sky Sports.

The teenage playmaker is being scouted by a number of Europe's top clubs, with Chelsea, City and Arsenal keen to bring him to the Premier League.

And Feyenoord technical director Martin van Geel admitted the Eredivisie club are aware of the interest in their latest teenage star.

Speaking to Algemeen Dagblad, van Geel said: "Our youth players are being followed, we are aware of that.

"But we are not aware of any serious interest in Rodney. He is only 15-years-old and no official contact has been made with us regarding his availability."

Feyenoord have suffered at the hands of the Premier League clubs before, with Chelsea, City and Arsenal all successfully signing youngsters from the Dutch club in the past.

Chelsea brought Jeffrey Bruma and Nathan Ake to Stamford Bridge, Kyle Ebecillio made the switch to Arsenal, while Karim Relik joined Manchester City.

Kongolo is the latest name from the prodigious Feyenoord academy to be linked with an early move to the Premier League, but the Dutch club hopes to ward off any interest in the 15-year-old.

But Kongolo cannot sign a professional deal with Feyenoord because he is still too young, leaving the door open to a potential switch to one of the top English clubs.

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