Manchester United and Liverpool have suffered their first summer transfer snub after being turned down by Djibril Cisse's son Cassius, who opted to pen his first professional contract with Crewe Alexandra.
The Daily Express reports how the eight-year-old's proud mother Jude posted on Instagram to express her delight at seeing her child take his first step towards a career in football by signing for The Railwaymen.
Crewe are renowned for their development of youth talent and it's that reputation that is thought to have convinced the Cisse family to commit to the League One outfit ahead of more esteemed suitors Manchester United, Liverpool and Everton.
"I proudly watched this little man sign his 1st professional contract last night," enthused Jude Cisse. "It has been an intense few months travelling between 3 elite academies.
"It was an extremely tough decision to help him make with him being so young & The most important factor is that he enjoys it & as a result Cassius made HIS choice to sign with Crewe Alex.
"We are extremely grateful to LFC, MUFC & EFC for all the time they have invested in Cassius which has all helped him progress to this day & hope their support will continue."
The Red Devils also boast a good record of bringing through players from their academy, but a move to Old Trafford has been temporarily placed on hold for Cisse junior, whose father Djibril enjoyed a two-year stint playing for Manchester United's bitter rivals Liverpool, before leaving Anfield to sign for Marseille permanently in 2007.
Brendan Rodgers's revolution on Merseyside - which places an emphasis on the nurturing of young talent - might also bode well for Cassius in future years, but for now he will continue his development at Gresty Road.
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