Ten youth team players that went on to enjoy success at rival clubs

December 27, 2019

first_imgYou put all that work in only for your rival to reap the reward – it must be annoying.With Dominic Solanke’s move to Liverpool, after spending his youth career at Chelsea, Jurgen Klopp will benefit from the player’s talents instead of the club that coached him.It is yet to be seen whether Solanke will be a success but he is by no means the only player to have left a club, where they were part of the youth system, that went on to shine for a direct challenger.Here talkSPORT has put together a list of ten players who went on to star in a side that were direct rivals of the clubs that helped educate them.   Scroll through the gallery above to take a look. 10 Gianluigi Donnarumma (Spent part of youth career at Napoli) – The 18-year-old AC Milan keeper may have been a life-long fan of the club but he initially started out with Serie A rivals Napoli. Donnarumma was born in Castellammare di Stabia, 19 miles south of Naples, but was purchased by Milan as a 14-year-old for €250,000. Considering how the keeper has developed in the last four years that appears to be money well spent – now Milan just have to get the teenager tied to down to a long-term deal. 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 Harry Kane (Spent part of youth career at Arsenal) – Harry Kane may be one of Tottenham’s own but their striking talisman once spent a year in the Arsenal academy. The England international was part of the Gunners set-up as an eight-year-old but was released after just a season. He then spent some time with Watford’s academy before joining up with Tottenham in 2004. center_img Getty Mats Hummels (Spent youth career at Bayern Munich) – The German central defender spent his entire youth career at Bayern but left for rivals Borussia Dortmund initially on loan in 2008 before signing permanently in 2009. Hummels soon became first choice in Jurgen Klopp’s Dortmund team and went on to win two consecutive Bundesliga titles in 2011 and 2012 – pipping Bayern to the title in the latter season. Of course the Munich giants then saw the error of their ways and brought Hummels back last summer for a reported £30million fee. Sol Campbell (Spent part of youth career at Tottenham Hotspur) – The man at the centre of one of the most infamous transfers of all time, Campbell graduated from the Spurs academy and starred in the first team for nine years. Then, in 2001, he did the unthinkable and left to join North London rivals Arsenal on a free transfer where he won two Premier League titles and three FA Cups. As a result Campbell is still widely loathed by the Spurs fans over that move. Saul Niguez (Spent part of youth career at Real Madrid) – The 22-year-old Atletico Madrid star is currently shining in LaLiga and has recently signed a five-year contract extension, taking his deal up to 2026, but it could have been very different. He started out his footballing career with rivals Real Madrid, who he joined as an 11-year-old after leaving his home town of Elche. Saul experienced bullying at Real, with players stealing his boots amongst other misdemeanours, and he soon packed up and joined Atletico as a 12-year-old. Ryan Giggs (Spent part of youth career at Manchester City) – A Manchester United great, Giggs spent 25 years as part of the first team at Old Trafford – either as a player or in a coaching capacity. But before he was signed up to the Red Devils’ youth team the Welsh winger spent time as part of Manchester City’s School of Excellence from 1985-87. Giggs’ local team was coached by a City scout but it wasn’t long before United and Alex Ferguson became aware of his potential. Ashley Cole (Spent youth career at Arsenal) – Another notorious deal is that of Cole who had established himself as the country’s best left-back, during his time at Arsenal, which heralded two Premier League titles and three FA Cup trophies. However, after being left less than impressed with Arsenal’s offer of £55,000-a-week he promptly departed for Chelsea to sign a contract worth £90,000-a-week in 2006. Arsenal received William Gallas in return for Cole but it was the left-back who continued to enjoy great success as he added another Premier League title, four FA Cups, a League Cup, one Champions League and one Europa League to his repertoire. 10 Alessio Romagnoli (Spent youth career at Roma) – Still just 22 years of age, Romagnoli signed for Serie A rivals AC Milan after a handful of appearances for Roma and a loan spell away at Sampdoria. However, Roma’s loss is Milan’s gain as the central defender is one of the most promising in Europe. Despite playing in an average Milan side up until now, he could be the foundation of a new defence as the club look to bring themselves back up to the top. Raul (Spent part of youth career at Atletico Madrid) – Raul is a Real Madrid legend Raheem Sterling (Spent part of youth career at Liverpool) – The 22-year-old winger joined the Liverpool Academy from Queens Park Rangers in 2010 but after rising through the ranks and breaking into the first team he was soon looking for a move away. Manchester City came calling and splashed around £49million on the Englishman who has shown periods of class, particularly under Pep Guardiola. With time still on his side Sterling could be an important player for City for years to come.last_img

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