Vélez Sarsfield have been left frustrated by the news that one of their brightest youth players appears to have left the club and signed for Manchester City without as much as a penny in compensation.
15-year-old playmaker Benjamín Garré, the grandson of World Cup winner Oscar Garré, was reportedly free to make the switch after it was authorised by his parents and he has no contract at this point tying him to Vélez.
Olé report that El Fortín won’t receive any money for this and a source is quoted as saying: “We are still surprised and we can not do anything because he hasn’t turned sixteen yet.”
The issue dates back to last year when Garré travelled to Manchester for a two-week trial without authorisation and the club are said to be incredibly disappointed in him and his family.
Grandfather, Oscar ‘El Mago’ Garré was a teammate of Diego Maradona when Argentina lifted the World Cup in 1986 and although Benjamín is an attacking midfielder rather than a full back, the youngster is considered one of the best products from the academy.
Vélez are still hopeful of striking some form of deal as compensation for the move so there may yet be developments.