Arsenal have decided to release Brooklyn Beckham after he failed to sufficiently impress the club’s youth coaches.
The 15-year-old, son of former Manchester United and England star David, had been hoping to earn a two-year scholarship deal with the Gunners - but will not be retained by Arsenal’s academy next season, according to the Daily Mail.
Beckham will stay with Arsenal until the end of the season, but it’s currently unclear whether the teenager will look for a new club this summer.
Arsenal’s decision comes as somewhat of a surprise after it emerged that Beckham was called into the Gunners’ Under-18 side earlier this month.
But Sportsmail have confirmed the reason behind this decision. Beckham was one of only a few Under-16 and Under-17 players at the club’s Hale End academy on that particular weekend, with a number of youngster away at the Al Kass youth tournament in Qatar.
Beckham rejected Chelsea and United
It was revealed that Beckham had joined Arsenal’s youth academy last November, with the Telegraph reporting the starlet had rejected offers from Chelsea and Manchester United in order to sign a short-term deal with the north London outfit.
Whether either Chelsea or Manchester United will now decide to take a closer look at Beckham is unclear, but the fact Arsenal have decided against retaining his services might deter them.
Beckham recently posted a video on Instagram of him hitting the crossbar while playing for Arsenal’s youth side - a clip in which he displayed remarkably similar technique to his father.
Arsenal believe Beckham could succeed elsewhere
Arsenal’s youth coaches reportedly still rate the teenager highly but feel other youngsters at the club are more advanced in their development. They do, however, believe the famous teen has the ability and potential to make an impact with another club.
Beckham’s two younger brothers are also at Arsenal’s Hale End academy, learning their trade and hoping to eventually make the Gunners’ first team.
Interestingly it’s apparently David Beckham’s youngest son, Cruz, who is believed to be the most promising footballer of all his siblings. The 10-year-old is believed to have a bright future ahead of him.
Have Arsenal made a mistake?
Arsenal possess some of the best youth coaches in the world and it’s unlikely that have made the wrong decision over Brooklyn Beckham.
The big question is whether David’s eldest son will be prepared to learn his trade at a less prestigious club - or whether he will drop out of the game altogether.
Because of their father’s worldwide fame, the Beckham brothers inevitably face pressure and scrutiny with whatever they choose do in the future.
But wouldn’t it be fantastic if one of them proves to be as talented as their old man.
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