Arsenal beat Chelsea in the race for Feyenoord starlet Kyle Ebecilio

17 June 2010 10:45
Wenger: His youth development record sealed deal

Arsenal have snapped up Feyenoord wonderkid Kyle Ebecilio under the noses of Barclays Premier League rivals Chelsea.The 16-year-old midfielder will join Arsenal on a three-year contract on July 1 with the Gunners set to pay the Dutch club around £500,000 in compensation for Ebicilio's training costs.

Chelsea had been leading the chase for the teenager, who has represented Holland at under-15s under-16s level, and thought they were close to striking a deal.

But Arsenal's outstanding record of youth development under manager Arsene Wenger sealed the deal.

However Feyenoord are upset at losing another young star following Ebecilio's cousin Jeffrey Bruma move to Chelsea in similar circumstances.Feyenoord technical director Leo Beenhakker said: 'We did what we could do by offering the kid a contract on time. But he wanted to wait, again this is his right. That he now goes to Arsenal, means that we only get a training allowance.

'This is the story of (Chelsea defender Jeffrey) Bruma, he was also a great talent that unfortunately never played for us. I treasure Ebecilio highly."

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