Nike inks $ 1mn deal with Dortmund’s teen prodigy: Report

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US sports brand Nike has inked a million dollar deal with Borussia Dortmund’s 14-year-old prodigy Youssoufa Moukoko.

According to German tabloid Bild, the teenages striker has been making waves in Dortmund’s youth system. He has scored 36 goals in 21 games for the Under-17 team this season.

The exploits have landed him the $1 million deal, something the players of his age can only dream about. Moukoko had reportedly already received around a million euros ($1.1 million) for signing with Nike, and was in line to receive further premiums worth up to €10 million ($ 11mn) depending on how his career develops.

The extra premiums will be due only after he makes his professional debut in the Bundesliga. The tabloid has reported. He will have to wait close to two years to attain that status as league rules don’t permit professional contract with players below the age of 16.

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He has made his debut for the Germany Under-16 team at the age of 12 in 2017, and went on to score three goals in four games in the national team shirt. Yet with both club and country keen to dampen the hype around the teenage talent, Moukoko has not yet been nominated for international duty at Under-17 level.

“The interest in Youssoufa has not always been easy for the player and those around him,” Germany Under-17 coach Michael Feichtenbeiner told website Sportbuzzer last November.

“With his individual development and the wishes of family in mind, we have decided not to pick him for the Under-17s.”

The Cameroon-born 14-year-old joined Dortmund from Hamburg club St Pauli in 2016.

“The interest in Youssoufa has not always been easy for the player and those around him,” Germany Under-17 coach Michael Feichtenbeiner told website Sportbuzzer last November.

“With his individual development and the wishes of family in mind, we have decided not to pick him for the Under-17s.”

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