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Manchester United and Manchester City in race to sign Belfast prospect

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An array of elite football clubs are courting West Belfast prodigy Coran Madden of Cliftonville Academy. Previously, the young footballer, who stands out as a remarkable talent at just 14, had trials with Manchester United and Newcastle United, with trials set at Manchester City when January arrives.

Touted as ‘Northern Ireland’s finest young prospect,’ Madden won’t celebrate his 15th birthday until February. The anticipation surrounding his trial with City underscores the widespread recognition of his potential.

A representative from Cliftonville Academy praised Madden’s grounded nature and supportive family. They expressed their satisfaction with his experiences at the significant clubs he has visited.

While Newcastle United has shown a strong interest in having Madden return, Manchester United’s feedback is eagerly awaited.

Due to regulations, Madden is limited to trial with two clubs annually, hence the delay in his trial with Manchester City until the new year.

Madden has been a part of Cliftonville’s setup since the tender age of six and currently plays for their Under 15 team. His abilities have caught the attention of several other teams, including Liverpool, Everton, Southampton, and Leicester City, as well as interest from clubs within the Irish League.

The academy’s head has voiced caution, prioritizing the young player’s welfare amid growing interest and has reiterated his belief in Madden’s exceptional talent.

It’s been emphasized that Madden is expected to remain with Cliftonville until he’s at least 16, the age at which he’s eligible to transfer overseas. The club has taken pride in fostering young talent, providing a clear pathway either to the first team or opportunities abroad.

The article concluded by highlighting the rarity of a young talent like Madden drawing interest from such clubs as Manchester United, Manchester City, and Newcastle United simultaneously. The club’s focus remains on Madden’s progression, with an acknowledgment of his family’s pride, including a mention of his younger brother, who is also part of the Cliftonville setup.

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