Man Utd, Man City ‘rivalling Europe’s elite’ for wonderkid Marshall-Rutty

Manchester United and Manchester City are both eyeing Toronto FC star Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty.

The 16-year-old is attracting plenty of attention among Europe’s elite despite only making his MLS debut last season.

The winger is being tracked by both Manchester clubs as well as Bayern Munich and Porto, reports Goal

His rapid rise has already seen him capped by Canada which makes him the youngest player in the national team – breaking the record held by Bayern’s Alphonso Davies, although he wasn’t phased.

“I’d say to get compared to [Davies], obviously I was honoured, but I don’t really look at breaking history as the youngest player,” said Marshall-Rutty.

Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty is attracting plenty of attention

“He’s at Bayern Munich and he’s achieved so much, obviously. He paved the path for young players like me, but I just think the most important thing when you’re younger is just to stay focused on the soccer side.

“All that young history stuff doesn’t really matter at the end of the day.”

Marshall-Rutty signed his first professional contract as a 14-year-old.

His next career move will prove crucial in his development however.

Both Manchester clubs, as well as Bayern and Juventus, have all taken different approaches to nurturing young talent.

United have been keen to give players an opportunity in the first team.

Alphonso Davies is a star at Bayern
Alphonso Davies is a star at Bayern

Such exposure has helped the likes of Mason Greenwood with Shola Shoretire the latest academy player to feature.

City, led by Pep Guardiola, have taken a more patient approach.

That tactic has cost them previously though with Jadon Sancho opting to leave the club in search of minutes.

But the success of Phil Foden, who was slowly eased into the first team picture, is reaping rewards.

Guardiola nurtured the youngster in training even when there were calls for him to play more regularly.

Bayern’s presence – and their success with Davies – could prove a factor in Marshall-Rutty’s decision however.

The Bundesliga has shown itself to be a great breeding ground for young talent.

Sancho has thrived as Borussia Dortmund while Jamal Musiala is the latest teenage star to grab the headlines.

His exploits in Bavaria show that the German champions have no issue throwing young talent into their first team.

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