By Matt Farr
Nottingham Forest owner Fawaz Al Hasawi insists that teenage sensation Ben Brereton is not for sale.
The 17-year-old wonderkid was subject to reported interest from Premier League giants Liverpool last month, and it was believed that the Reds had a last ditch £2.5million offer rejected for his services.
Liverpool are understood to be still keen on pursuing a deal for Brereton when the transfer window re-opens in the summer, but it won’t happen if the Nottingham Forest owner has anything to do with it.
Al Hasawi felt the wrath of the fans when he allowed highly-rated winger Oliver Burke to join RB Leipzig for £13million at the start of the season, but insists he will not make the same mistake with Forest’s latest young talent.
Speaking to the Nottingham Post, he revealed that he had no intention of letting Brereton leave the club, insisting that he would help provide the future foundations for the club.
He said: “Why would we want to sell him?
“We have similar players coming through the academy – we have invested money in the academy and Gary (Brazil) has done an amazing job, which is why we have good players coming through now.
“We have given Gary everything he has asked for and we now have some good players coming through as a result. We have very good players coming through, in fact and that is very positive for the future of the club. We want them to play here.”
Brereton netted his first senior goal for the club in the victory over Aston Villa last week, and is the latest promising young star to emerge into the first-team ranks at Nottingham Forest in recent seasons.
The likes of Burke, Matty Cash, Ben Osborn and Joe Worrall have all come through the ranks to have an impact on the first-team squad.
Osborn and Cash, in particular, have been regular first-team players at the City Ground this season, making a combined 52 appearances in all competitions.
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