Siem Eyob-Abraha, a Manchester United youth, has been photographed signing a new sponsorship agreement.
After being signed by Adidas, Eyob-Abraha posted an image on Instagram saying he was “delighted to join the Adidas family.”
Ayob-Abraha, 14, is a Manchester United academy striker born in 2008.
He is from the east African country of Eritrea, where he aims to become the first player from his country to play for Manchester United’s first team.
Adidas signing him to a deal shows he is a player there are high hopes for, who they want to be associated with.
The youngster is one of several highly-rated talents in the academy, including Majid Balogun, who signed for the club last year.
It will probably be a few years before Ayob-Abraha is called up to the under-18s, but United have proved that they will push top talent forward if they believe the timing is appropriate.
Amir Ibragimov, a striker, made his under-18s debut earlier this season, playing 90 minutes in a league match.
While this was an outlier, it will serve as an example to his peers about how they will be given opportunities if the coaching staff deems they are ready.