Tottenham Hotspur have sealed the signing of Cardiff City full-back Chris Gunter. The 18-year-old will officially become a Spurs player when the transfer window opens on January 1st.
There’s been nothing official on the fee or contract length, however reports claim the deal could reach up to Â£3million.
On the move, Chris’ father Gerald said: “Christopher spoke with Gareth Bale, who is very happy at Spurs, and that helped Chris to make up his mind.
“Gareth told Christopher Spurs was a great club.
“Christopher is really determined to make the step up, he has said before that you’re not a real professional footballer until you move away from home.
“It’s a short career and these kind of chances only come around once or twice, he feels it is right to move.”
He added: “As a parent it is really reassuring to see him go to a club who have invested a lot of money and time into young British talent.
“We can look and see that Gareth [Bale] is already there and lots of others too.
“Aaron Lennon, Jermaine Jenas, Danny Rose, Tom Huddlestone, Jamie O’Hara, all these players were signed as teenagers and they’ve been given their chance.
“It makes a big difference, he will be surrounded by good young British players, that doesn’t happen if you sign for someone like, say, Arsenal.
“He should be able to fit in quickly, I believe he’s training for the first time on Christmas Day.
“Obviously his mum is a bit upset he’s moving out and away from home – he’s been with Cardiff since he was eight years old – but we’ll go and watch him every chance we get.”