Nigerian midfielder Bayo Fapetu has ended his association with Arsenal. And he has taken to social media to announce the signing of a new contract with Championship outfit Derby County. Fapetu will not thus be among the new intake of academy scholars at Arsenal for the 2021-2022 season.
The promising teenager is departing the Gunners without making a competitive appearance for the club’s U18 team. But he featured for the U16s.
Fapetu links up with four players of Nigerian descent in the shape of Festy Ebosele, Josh Shonibare, Osazee Aghatise and Olamide Ibrahim at the Derby County academy.
“Delighted to sign a long term deal with Derby. We give all thanks to God. Time to get to work and fulfill my dreams.” The young midfielder wrote on Instagram.
Although the length of contract is unknown, FIFA regulations on the status and transfers of players state that players under the age of 18 may not sign a contract for a term longer than three years.
Fapetu is expected to feature for Derby County U18s in 2021-2022.