FC Zurich youngster Nishan Burkart will join Manchester United this summer his father has revealed.
A contractual agreement could not be reached between Zurich and Burkart and his father Stefan has revealed that’s the main reason behind his departure.
Speaking about the breakdown in contract talks, his father Stefan said: “We have therefore decided to leave the club in the summer. Nishan switches to Manchester United. He just has different ideas, that’s what business is like.”
The 16-year-old striker will now not feature again for Zurich after their president Ancilo Canepa confirmed the club had no intention of playing him as he’s leaving.
He said: “Nishan Burkart’s family have decided to move him to Manchester United. Therefore we have decided not to use the player. We are concerned with planning for the squad next season.”
That’s a somewhat strange and undignified way for a player to leave a club which indicates there has been some animosity in the contract conversations with Burkart’s family, which might be a point of concern.
Burkart will come into United’s U18s squad but it’s currently unknown who will be in charge of them next year as Paul McGuinness’ replacement as U18s coach hasn’t been completed. That being said, Head of Academy Nicky Butt will certainly be getting involved in some capacity following his recruitment.
Recent young recruits from Europe include Timothy Fosu-Mensah from Ajax, who also joined as a 16-year-old, and we’re keen to see what Burkart can do.