Youngsters always find it tough to breakthrough into the limelight in a sport as competitive and commercial as football.
As of such, being given the opportunity to function at the youth academies of some of the most elite clubs in Europe is often a dream come true, and definitely not a chance one can refuse.
Unfortunately, several circumstances bar such realities from coming through to fruition, and while the success stories rule the pitch week in and week out, the several dreams that were shattered often remain hidden behind the curtain.
Such a future could await one Manchester United youngster, who has now departed the club due to unfortunate circumstances.
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As per MEN, 16-year-old midfielder Will Vint has left Manchester United due to visa woes. The American was denied the opportunity to function for the club, as he was not given the appropriate visa required for under-age foreigners to play in the existing set-up.
His father, Peter Vint, revealed the following on Twitter: “There is a cruel intersection between UK immigration law and FA/FIFA regulations around children under 18. He could have stayed in the country (under a new visa or a new student visa), but would not have been allowed to play football.”
This was despite Vint being drafted into the club’s U18s squad earlier this summer and being integrated into the side during a pre-season camp in Austria.
His father went on to reveal that up to three clubs were interested in signing the promising talent, and that his future would be decided by the end of this month.
Described by United as ‘an athletic performer who passes the ball accurately and astutely’, his father also adds that Vint’s performance and progress would be monitored by the Red Devils.
Does a reunion await in the distant future, or is this a link that shall remain broken?