Manchester United & Chelsea beaten to Belgian starlet

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Stoke City have beaten Premier League big boys Manchester United and Chelsea to Belgian teen sensation Julien Ngoy, reports talkSPORT.

Real Madrid, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain were also thought to be keen on the 15-year-old but it is the Staffordshire side who have won the race.

Having already been capped at youth level for Belgium, Ngoy was thought to be ready to join one of Europe's top clubs but has decided Stoke is the best place for his football to develop.

Chelsea, who already have a strong connection with Belgian players, were thought to be keen to add him to their ranks at Stamford Bridge.

It now seems Jose Mourinho moved too slowly.

Alternatively it was reported that Manchester United were also one of the frontrunners for his signature.

David Moyes recently displayed the latest Belgian talent in Adnan Januzaj against Sunderland. Ngoy could have moved to Old Trafford to play alongside him but a move never materialised.  

The Potters handed Ngoy a trial in the summer and suitably impressed enough for Mark Hughes to offer him a place in the youth set-up.

A six foot tall striker gifted with blistering pace, Ngoj was described by Burssel Academy director Nkandu Ntondo as one of the brightest talents he's worked with.

He is quoted on Sky Sports as saying: "Julien is a big talent, one of the biggest I have seen in my academy.”

Ngoy joins several other young Belgians in Stoke's youth academy.

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