Jose Mourinho has brought even more firepower to Old Trafford after completing the signing of Switzerland youth international Nishan Burkart from Zurich.
The 16-year-old is United’s fourth signing of the season, having recently brought in defender Eric Bailly, midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The striker will join up with academy head coach Nicky Butt and play for the club’s under-18 team in the upcoming season.
Speaking with Credit Suisse recently, Burkart explained why he joined United despite interest from other top clubs eyeing his signature.
“Pure gut feeling, the other clubs were also very interested,” the striker said. “I visited each club and analyzed its infrastructure while there.”
“I always knew – If I were going to move to a club abroad, then it could only be to England, my mother’s home country.”
Burkart impressed during the Swiss Cup campaign last season, scoring nine goals in only seven appearances for Zurich. His good form was enough to attract interest from Chelsea, Arsenal, and Southampton.
Despite the weight that comes with joining a club like Manchester United, Burkart isn’t too worried if his time at Old Trafford doesn’t go according to plan.
“I’m taking a relaxed approach to it all,” Burkart said. “If it doesn’t work out with Manchester United, the excellent training will still provide a fantastic foundation for launching a career at another club.”
James McDonald, Pundit Arena