German giants Bayern Munich are among the global powerhouses keen to sign Adelaide United’s high-flyer Nestory Irankunda, says manager Carl Veart.
According to Veart, reports that the 17-year-old A-League star had reached an agreement with Bayern were false.
“No deal has been finalized at this point,” Veart said.
“The last conversation I had was that some clubs are still throwing their hats in the ring.
“So I don’t think it’s going to be an easy decision.”
Irankunda is only 17 but has already earned a reputation as a generational talent, with clubs around the world inquiring about his availability
German Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich are among the clubs exploring Irankunda, but no official deal has been struck
Adelaide United manager Carl Veart wants to ensure his star player makes a career-best move once his time in the A-League is up
FIFA regulations prevent Irankunda from moving to Europe before his 18th birthday in February next year – a month after the end of the transfer window.
Veart was careful about his words about United’s sale of the explosive winger, who was drafted into the Socceroos squad as a train-on last March.
“The chances are good, but we have at least one more season with him,” said Veart.
“The club will take their time before making a decision.
“And I suppose Nestor also needs to make time with his group to make sure the next step in his career is good and he can continue to develop.”
Veart called Irankunda a unique talent.
“In all my time playing football in Australia I’ve never seen a player make such an impact on the fans,” he said.
“Every time you see him get the ball, everyone around the stadium takes off.
“He’s a very special player. And it’s important that we do whatever is right for him, Australia and (the) future of world football.”
Irankunda has become a fan favorite at the Reds and has a bright future ahead with some of the biggest clubs in the world keen to sign him
Irankunda has been invited to join the Socceroos coaching squad and will be a key player for Australia in major tournaments in the future
Irankunda made another striking appearance off the bench in Adelaide’s 2-0 final win over Wellington Phoenix on Friday night.
“I take my hat off to him,” Veart said.
“He’s been very good in that he’s 17 and there’s (under) a lot of pressure – not just talking about him, where he’s going to go, but putting pressure on him to perform every time he plays for us.
“Fan expectations are tough, especially with a kid like Nestor.
“So I think he’s handled very well and we keep hoping he stays with us for as long as possible because he’s exciting.”
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