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Exclusive: Host Of Clubs Battling For Talented Irish Defender Ryan Nolan

Ryan Patrick Nolan and Willy Ta Bi during the Serie A Primavera TIM final match between Atalanta BC U19 and FC Internazionale U19 at Ennio Tardini Stadium on June 14, 2019 in Parma, Italy. (Photo by Emmanuele Ciancaglini/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Inter Milan and Irish U18 international Ryan Nolan is set to leave the Italian giants this summer with a host of clubs in England and Europe interested in the talented defender’s signature.

Nolan, who was born in Co Clare but grew up in Spain, has been with the Nerazzurri since 2015 and captained Inter’s U19s throughout the last campaign as well as being involved in the first team for their Europa League clash with Rapid Vienna.

The 19-year old has a year remaining on his current deal but a source close to the player revealed to Pundit Arena that Nolan is keen on a move away from the San Siro with plenty of clubs interested in his signature.

A move to England would be the priority for Nolan as he looks to become more involved in the Irish international set up as the centre-half has yet to appear for Stephen Kenny’s U21s.

Premier League clubs Brighton and Leicester are both interested in signing Nolan who would be available for a small fee while Championship side Leeds United are also keen on bringing in the Clare native as they search for defensive options following the sale of Pontus Jansson to Brentford.

Nolan may also follow in the footsteps of fellow Irish underage international Luca Connell and join Scottish Champions Celtic with Neil Lennon’s side also showing interest along with Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem.

There isn’t thought to be a frontrunner in the race for his signature however with plenty of interest, a move for Nolan would likely be the most logical next step in his career as he searches for first-team football.

Speaking exclusively to Pundit Arena in January, Nolan outlined that he understood how difficult it would be to break into the Inter first team and that a move away from the San Siro may be required.

“In Italy, it’s very hard to get into first teams, there’s not that much of a chance unless you’re exceptional so I think especially at a big club like Inter you have to be top class.

“A lot of the lads decide to go on loan to Serie B and Serie C which is the equivalent to the Championship or League One, for a year or two or whatever and they learn the trade down there with tough lads and hopefully do well, play well and come back to original team then in the future. It’s very hard to break straight into the first team directly.”

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