Seventeen-year-old Canadian soccer star Alphonso Davies has drawn worldwide attention.
Playing professional soccer at age 16 will do that.
And now, it appears the Vancouver Whitecaps FC midfielder will get a chance to rub shoulders with some of the world’s best in England.
Adam Cook of CTV Edmonton reports that Davies has received an invite from Manchester United to train with the one of the most famous teams in the world next month.
EXCLUSIVE: Huge news for #yeg soccer: 17 yr old local product @AlphonsoDavies receives invite from @ManUtd to train with #PL club in January. Pending clearance and approval of @WhitecapsFC . More tonight at 6 on @ctvedmonton pic.twitter.com/ffSV8Wgx5U
— Adam Cook (@AdamCookCTV) December 9, 2017
We first learned that multiple teams in the English Premier League were interested in Davies back in March. The youngster, who grew up in Edmonton, can’t leave his MLS team until he turns 18 next November though.
But if he develops into the kind of player that Canadian soccer fans hope, he won’t be playing club football in this country for long.
Davies started nine games for the Whitecaps in 2017, appearing in 26 matches in total. While he didn’t score a goal, he showed flashes of brilliance to go with blazing speed and an obvious competitive fire.
Born in a refugee camp in Ghana to Liberian parents, Davies got his Canadian citizenship this year and began excelling with the national team shortly after. He became the youngest ever to score a goal for the Senior Men’s Canadian National Team, en route to winning the Golden Boot at the Gold Cup.
The invite by Manchester United is a chance for the EPL powerhouse to get a close look at Davies, before they decide to shell out the cash that will eventually be needed to lure him overseas.
Until then, it looks like Davies will at least get one hell of an experience hanging out with the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba.