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Arsenal star Eddie Nketiah set to lead exodus of young players from top European clubs who are running down contracts in search of game-time

Arsenal star Eddie Nketiah set to lead exodus of young players from top European clubs who are running down contracts in search of game-time

Eddie Nketiah will likely lead an exodus of young stars leaving top European clubs this summer after running down their contracts.

Younger players are seeking the most important factor in developing a successful career – game-time – which is making some of the best talent to look elsewhere if their current club doesn’t provide it.

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Nketiah looks set to leave Arsenal this summer

The FIFA rule of players under 18 only being allowed to sign maximum three-year contracts, exactly for these reasons, is having the necessary impact.

Players are now able to move on more easily in the important early phase of their career, rather than being stuck in long-term contracts and not playing the first team football, hindering their development.

This should put pressure on clubs to integrate their best talent into first teams quicker or risk losing them to teams who are willing to give them the opportunity to play regularly. 

Players such as Paris Saint-Germain’s highly-rated Xavi Simons, who has made five appearances in Ligue 1 this season, could well be one with an eye on the exit door. 

Even older players such as Arsenal’s Nketiah will be looking for more playing time and, at 22, he will not be satisfied with only making 15 Premier League appearances this season.

Simons’ appearances for PSG this season have been fleeting

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Simons’ appearances for PSG this season have been fleeting


The following summer in 2023 looks even more interesting, with the likes of Manchester City’s Jayden Braaf already declaring he’ll be leaving at the end of his deal in search of regular first-team football. 

Aston Villa’s highly-rated England Under-19 international, Carney Chukwuemeka, is another whose current deal ends in June 2023. 

FIFA rules will see these young players leave for well below their market value if they run their deals down, making it a double hammer blow for the clubs.

Compensation is set to just €90,000 per year if moving from a Category 1 club to another Category 1…

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