Southampton Football Club is pleased to announce that young centre-back Pascal Kpohomouh has agreed terms on his first professional contract.
Hailing from Guinea, the 17-year-old made the switch from Manchester City - close to where he grew up in Manchester - in the summer after being tracked by the club's scouting team, and has slotted seamlessly into Saints' Under-18s side.
Committing his future until at least June 2021, the defender has said that the club's track record of supporting young talent was what attracted him to St Mary's, and he's now looking forward to developing his own potential down on the south coast.
"As a player, I feel happy," the teenager began. "Signing for a big club - I want to show how good I am.
"Obviously I also want to uphold the reputation of the club. I'm getting used to the way Southampton play now. This is a different team, a different challenge.
"The club are renowned for bringing players through the Academy and providing a route to the first team. I knew that would be important on my journey to becoming a professional footballer.
"I think coming to this club, I've got a good chance of achieving that."
Academy Manager Matt Hale said: "Since joining us from Manchester City Pascal has settled in well, and showed a very mature attitude.
"He is a strong centre-back, who is comfortable on the ball, and also competes physically.
"His performances show a lot of promise, and I'm looking forward to seeing his development in the professional phase over the new few years.”