Leicester City have signed 16-year-old goalkeeper Chituru Odunze from Vancouver Whitecaps.
Odunze, who stands at 6’7″, completed a trial with the Foxes in February and caught the eye of club staff, who were keen to sign him this summer.
Vancouver Whitecaps have now confirmed the move in a statement on the website, and say that the deal includes performance bonuses and and an unspecified sell-on clause.
“We are very proud of the player that Chituru has developed into, both on the pitch and off,” said Craig Dalrymple, Vancounver Whitecaps’ Player Development and Academy Recruitment Director.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for him, and another milestone for the club in terms of our development structure. In less than a year of the Development Squad, we have already seen Thomas Hasal signed to the first team and now Chituru transferred to a top-tier English club. We wish Chituru all the best in this exciting new challenge.”
Speaking about his move, Odunze said: “It’s a dream come true to take the next step in my career at a big club like Leicester City FC.
“I’m really grateful for everything that Vancouver Whitecaps FC have done for me. I would like to thank the coaches, staff, and my teammates for how they have helped me grow as a player, and especially Raegyn Hall and Jordan Santiago for coaching me as a goalkeeper.”