Aston Villa starlet Carney Chukwuemeka has reportedly decided not to sign a new contract with the club, leaving England’s top clubs on high alert.
According to The Guardian, the 18-year-old has decided his future lies away from Villa Park with Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United among the clubs interested.
The report claims the midfielder has become frustrated with the lack of first team opportunities at Villa and fears they’ll rely on established players and new signings, at the expense of youngsters.
Should Liverpool look to move for Chukwuemeka, they’ll face competition from Premier League rivals as well as European clubs including Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.
he England youth international joined Villa’s academy from Northampton Town in 2016 and his current contract, which he signed last year, expires in 2023.
Chukwuemeka was a standout player in the FA Youth Cup final between Liverpool and Aston Villa earlier this year.
The Villains won the match 2-1 back in May and Chukwuemeka ran the game for the hosts from the middle of the park.
Despite being eligible to represent three nations – England, Austria and Nigeria – Chukwuemeka has opted to represent England at U17, U18 and U19 level.
When the player was aged just 16, Villa’s chief executive Christian Purslow described him as the best in the country in his age group, saying there was ‘absolutely no debate’ in the matter.
He’s so far made just five first team appearances for Villa, three of which have come in the Premier Leagie.
He made his senior debut against Tottenham at the end of last season and his first league start came in Villa’s 1-1 draw against Brentford back in August.