Feyenoord starlet Tahith Chong has confirmed he is joining Manchester United this summer. Chong, 16, revealed in April he had made his decision to leave the Dutch club, where he has been part of the youth set-up since the age of 10.
Arsenal and Chelsea were also among the clubs to have tracked the youngster over the past year, according to the Daily Mail, but the versatile attacking midfielder has confirmed via his Instagram page he has settled on a move to Old Trafford.
Chong appeared ready to sign a new contract at Feyenood earlier this year, but felt the club were not doing enough to prepare for his future.
He explained to Elf Voetbal: "It was my intention to stay at Feyenoord, but no plan was made for me. When I said I wanted to leave, they came up with a plan. That was too late."
Chong will join United's academy this summer, now overseen by the club's midfielder Nicky Butt. The club have also recently signed 18-year-old American defender Matthew Olosunde. Butt, whose role as head of the club's academy hands him a key role in the club's recruitment process, insists United's contingent of bright young talent will continue to grow over the summer.
"I definitely expect that to happen," Butt told United's official website when asked about the arrival of more young talent. "We're short on a few numbers in the different age groups and it's something we need to address, something we are addressing and something we will hopefully get over the line in the next few weeks, in time for next season.
"It's the same as any other club. We all want to attract the best young players in Europe, at whatever age, and we're exactly the same. We want to attract the best players we can from all over Europe and bring them into what we feel is already a great set-up."