AS Monaco have today confirmed the capture of Belgian starlet Eliot Matazo. Matazo, a talented box to box midfielder with enormous potential, had seemingly every club in Europe after his signature. Having just turned 16 in February, the Anderlecht product was reportedly being courted by Manchester City, Manchester United, and Bayern Munich, among others.
The now Monaco man is his new club’s second signing of the transfer window, but is unlikely to make an immediate impact on the senior team. Instead, he is slated to started off the 18/19 season in Monaco’s famed academy, soon to be shaped by the celebrated staff and facilities of the Ligue 1 side.
Winning the race to Matazo’s signature is a significant coup for Monaco, whose proven track record with young talent had a clear influence on the young Belgian’s decision. In the club’s official announcement, Matazo called Monaco a “very good developmental club” and noted the side’s history, adding, “I have always followed Monaco, where some very good players have played.”
In Monaco, the midfielder will be hoping to mirror the rapid ascension he had in Belgium. Matazo was often a leader on and off the pitch for Anderlecht’s academy, being named captain for almost every age category he represented during his time with the club.
Monaco’s new signing has also shown promise internationally, currently serving as captain for Belgium’s U16 side. In February Matazo led his age group to success in Dubai, where they were named champions of the U16 Four Nations Tournament.
Now a member of Monaco’s prodigious academy, Matazo will soon be another diamond off of the Monégasques’ continuous conveyor belt of talent.