Aston Villa heading for an unforgivable mistake after a major update emerges about Carney Chukwuemeka’s long-term future at the club.
Reports in recent days have suggested that Bayern Munich are leading the race to sign the 17-year-old this summer, and now, some fresh details have emerged as to why the teenager could be heading for the exit door.
Football Insider claim that Chukwuemeka wants to quit Dean Smith’s side because of “broken promises” from the club, and that “Villa chiefs are aware of the youngster’s stance and have reacted by promoting him to the first team match-day squad.”
The report adds however that “it remains to be seen whether the promotion, and even the possibility of a first top-flight appearance before the season end, is enough to keep the teenager.”
Hailed as a “star in the making” by The Athletic’s Evans, Chukwuemeka netted a hat-trick in Villa’s 6-1 win over Newcastle to reach the semi-finals of the FA Youth Cup in recent weeks.
And, writing in his post-match player ratings for The Birmingham Mail, Ashley Preece showered him with praise, saying: “This was a Carney Chukwuemeka masterclass. It was a clinic in how to play an advanced midfield role with the 17-year-old oozing confidence and swagger. The hype’s real surrounding this kid who, as supporters know, has been around Dean Smith’s first team for a long time now. Villa’s No.10 started almost every attack and looked to hurt Newcastle at every opportunity.
“European clubs are hovering looking to take Chukwuemeka and Villa could do with reassuring him that his future’s at Villa Park. He’s ready for some Premier League minutes. A scary talent who assisted Reddin as well. Unreal. He’s got everything.”
For Villa to lose one of their brightest young talents because of “broken promises” is just a massive indictment of Smith and his failure to show Chukwuemeka of a genuine path-way into the first-team at Villa Park.
The teenager sent a huge message, if it was needed at all, of his potential with that hat-trick against the Magpies, and Villa fans will surely be fuming at the thought of him potentially leaving the club in the summer.