Wonderkid Carney Chukwuemeka wants to quit Aston Villa this summer because of broken promises from the club, Football Insider understands.
The 17-year-old is regarded as one of the best players in his age group in the country and Dean Smith has regularly spoken about the big plans Villa have for him.
But Chukwuemeka is eyeing the exit door going into the upcoming window and Villa are facing a major battle to keep hold of him.
A source with knowledge of Chukwuemeka’s situation has told Football Insider that he is looking to leave because the club have reneged on promises made to him.
Villa chiefs are aware of the youngster’s stance and have reacted by promoting him to the first team matchday squad.
Chukwuemeka is still waiting for his senior debut but that is edging closer after being named on the sub’s bench for two Premier League matches.
It remains to be seen whether the promotion, and even the possibility of a first top-flight appearance before the season end, is enough to keep the teenager.
This site revealed on Monday (2nd March) that Bayern Munich are in pole position to sign Chukwuemeka ahead of top English clubs including Liverpool and Man City.
Villa tied Chukwuemeka to his first professional contract last October as soon as he turned 17.
That runs for three years – the maximum permitted – and they will look to offer him a new deal when he is 18 in six months’ time.
Chukwuemeka is being talked about in the same breath as Jude Bellingham, who quit rivals Birmingham City for Borussia Dortmund last summer and is already an established first teamer.
Villa chief executive Christian Purslow described him last year as “probably the best 16-year-old in England”.
Born in Austria to Nigerian parents, he has been training with Villa’s first team since early December.