By Libya Herald reporters.
London, 31 January 2015:
A 20 year-old Libyan footballer has been snapped up by Manchester United after playing just . . .[restrict]one game with Salford City.
Sadiq El Fitouri was spotted when he made his debut as right back for the Northern Premier League club earlier this month. After a week’s trial with United the club offered him an 18-month contract. He will play initially in the Under 21 side.
Fitouri is Libyan-born but was brought up in Manchester. His brother Haman already plays for Premier League Burnley’s youth team.
Sadiq told a press conference that his signing was a dream come true. He thanked Salford for the faith they had shown him: “Now I am really looking forward to what happens next”, he said, “and to be given the opportunity to do so at Manchester United is unbelievable”.
Fitouri’s signing is no guarantee that he will make a first team appearance. Football pundits point out that the big Premier League clubs hire and bring on far more players than they ever need, selling them on if they do not achieve first team quality. Fitouri was once part of the youth squad of Manchester United’s rival Manchester City, but was reportedly let go by them as unpromising.
His joining what is arguably the most famous football club in the world is likely the boost support in Manchester, among what is the largest Libyan community in the UK. [/restrict]