Teenage star Cuba Cline has taken to Instagram to inform both Liverpool and Leeds United supporters that he has decided to leave the Merseyside club, where he has spent the last six years, to join the Leeds academy.
Cline, 16, has caps at England Under-15 level and is one of the Reds’ brightest talents at his age. He has been in the Liverpool development academy since the age of 10, but after six years, has has seemingly chosen to change that.
The defender has since chosen to join Leeds where he is expected to link up with the club’s Under-18 side – who are managed by Scott Gardner. He will join a side that currently sit rock bottom of the Under-18 Premier League, on five points from 12 games.
His post on Instagram saw him thank Liverpool and the staff at the Premier League champions for helping him in the early stages of his professional career – but stated the “hard work continues” at Leeds.
LUFC Youth, an unofficial Twitter account that covers all things to do with the club’s youngsters, posted that he had signed a two-year scholarship deal at Elland Road. Players can sign professional contracts from the age of 17, when the club sees fit.
Indeed, Cline is also followed by Leeds icon Ian Harte – who is currently the agent of Niall Huggins, the latest Leeds United debutant following his substitute appearance against Arsenal on Sunday. He could be involved in the deal.
✍️Welcome to highly rated 16-year-old defender Cuba Cline who has joined #LUFC academy on a two-year scholarship! Cuba has spent the last 6 years in Liverpool’s academy and has represented England at U15 level! pic.twitter.com/cslGlBdr4c
— Lufcyouth (@leedsutdacademy) February 17, 2021