Manchester United fan Zane Marsh has taken the first step to living out many a youngster's wildest dream of becoming a footballer after signing for his first club.
However, as reported by The Daily Mirror, he won't be moving to Old Trafford but Liverpool - the fiercest rivals of the nine-year-old's beloved Red Devils.
“He had quite a few clubs take an interest in him and he was keen on going to Manchester United, but he’s really pleased he’s been picked by Liverpool," proud dad Roger said after the news was announced.
However, like any good football supporter, young Marsh appears keen to remain partly loyal to his Manchester United roots by pledging not to rub it in if he were ever to notch a goal against them.
"He knows they’re a really good team with a great academy – he’s just said that when they play United, he won’t celebrate when they score!”
Marsh appears to be in capable hands at Anfield, with Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers - a former youth team coach with both Reading and Chelsea - renowned as a manager who is always willing to give young players a chance to shine.
While obviously he is many years away from having the chance to compete for a first-team berth, Marsh will now head into training at his new club with the hope that he may one day make it as a professional with one of European football's most-reputable clubs.
Manchester United have their own rich heritage when it comes to rewarding youngsters of course, with the 'Class of 92' - a group that includes stellar names such as Ryan Giggs, David Beckham, Paul Scholes and Gary Neville - having gone down in English footballing folklore for their talent.
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