The Potters have landed Ngoy.
Despite interest from Arsenal, Manchester United and Real Madrid it is in fact Stoke City that have completed the unlikely signing of coveted teenager Julien Ngoy, reports ESPN.
The 15-year-old is regarded as a superb talent and prospect and chose to sign for Mark Hughes after spending time at the club’s training facilities.
Stoke chief executive Tony Scholes and technical director Mark Cartwright wrapped up the deal two weeks ago but did their best to keep it quiet until completion.
Ngoy is the latest in a conveyor belt of talent coming out of Belgium and if the player realises the potential many think the starlet possesses, the Staffordshire side could have a world-class maestro on their hands.
“He’s started well, so we’re just going to see how he progresses and gets on,” Ngoy’s representative Damien Francis was quoted by ESPN.
“In Belgium, he plays for the national team so we’ve got high hopes for him. For a 15-year-old he’s very talented. If he keeps his feet on the ground and works hard, the sky’s the limit for him.
“He’s a young lad, so he’s got to keep his feet on the ground, and work hard in order to make it. He’s done nothing in the game, in reality, because he’s got a long career ahead of him.”
It’s a real coup for Hughes to have snapped up Ngoy, as a renewed sense of positivity echoes around the Britannia Stadium.
Since the Welshman took charge from Tony Pulis, Stoke have looked good both on and off the pitch.