Manchester United have bolstered their academy ranks by signing 16-year-old whizkid, Di’Shon Bernard from Chelsea according to a report in The Sun.
The deal to bring over the talented defender was agreed in April but was finalised after the transfer window officially opened on 1 July. Bernard is one of ten Manchester United signings for their U18 academy side so far this summer, meaning that coach, Kieran McKenna, has a great deal of talent to manage and develop for the upcoming season.
The French defender confirmed the move on Saturday as he tweeted: “My new chapter begins…”
Chelsea will regret big time!
— Alexander Falk (@AlexandeerFalk) July 2, 2017
The signing of Bernard, which was given the green light by head coach, Jose Mourinho, is a clear sign of United maintaining its ethos of nurturing and developing young talent, with the aim for these youngsters to break into the first team.
Moreover, signing the starlet from Premier League rivals Chelsea has been seen as a major coup for the Red Devils as they want to continue the conveyor belt of youngsters breaking into the first team. Last season saw the breakthrough of Axel Tuanzebe and Scottish midfielder, Scott McTominay.
The ten academy signings including Bernard are due to travel to Austria to begin their initial pre-season camp as McKenna and the club have confirmed their academy intake for next season.