Borussia Dortmund’s teenage talent Nnamdi Collins has reportedly turned down an offer from Chelsea in favour of staying with the Bundesliga side.
The 16-year-old has just signed a contract until 2023 despite reported interest from Chelsea and Manchester City.
The highly-rated centre-back, while standing at 1.89m (6’1”), is notorious for his pace.
He reportedly ran 30 metres in just 3.8 seconds. To put it into perspective, it is only 0.1 seconds slower than Arsenal’s Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang (Standard).
Pace, power, aerial ability; you could see why Chelsea are reportedly keen on bringing the Germany U-16 captain into their youth setup.
However, Collins turned down their offer worth €1million (£870,000) before committing his future at Westfalenstadion according to a report from Bild.
Speaking after signing his new contract, Collins told Borussia Dortmund’s official website: “I’ve now been playing for BVB since I was 12 and I owe the club a lot.
“My objective is to turn professional at BVB and to play in front of the South Stand at some point.
“I’m really thankful for the way that all of my previous coaches, my family and my advisors have supported me, and I’m really looking forward to the coming years at BVB.”
Missing out on such talent is rather unfortunate, but Chelsea boss Frank Lampard also has a talented centre-back of his own ready to break into the first-team in Marc Guehi.
The 19-year-old joined Swansea City on loan in January and made five appearances before the global pandemic halted the Championship.