The 14-year-old centre-forward Youssoufa Moukoko has signed a “subsidy contract” with Borussia Dortmund according to Sportbild.
Moukoko is regarded as one of the biggest talents in world football in his age group. Playing for BVB’s under-17 last season, he led scorer list of the B-Junioren-Bundesliga West with 46 goals. For perspective, second-best was Bayer Leverkusen’s Emrehan Gedikli with 25 goals to his name.
Moukoko has been promoted to Dortmund’s under-19 where he plays alongside 16-year-old Gio Reyna under coach Michael Skibbe.
The striker scored six goals at his debut game, which even got the attention of the international press.
His contract is described as Fördervertrag — subsidy contract in English — which is a contract between a minor and a football club that has to be signed by a guardian.
According to FIFA statutes, the maximum contract duration is three years. Dortmund were not allowed to offer the contract sooner because Moukoko is only officially part of the under-16 level since 1 July.
Additionally, such a contract may only be offered to youth players that are in the club longer than six months.