West Brom have confirmed that young forward Rico Richards has signed a new three-year contract with the club.
In an announcement on their official website, Albion revealed that Richards, 16, has rejected approaches from multiple rival clubs before putting pen to paper on his fresh deal at The Hawthorns.
Tottenham and Liverpool had been linked with the teenager [The Sun].
Richard Stevens, West Brom’s academy manager, was delighted to see Richards commit his future to the Baggies.
He said: “This is great news for the club and exciting for all concerned.
“It’s not a secret that we have lost some young players to other clubs in recent times. But this shows the continuing commitment of the Club to the programme and it’s great for the Academy to see that the pathway for elite young footballers remains clear.”
West Brom’s official website goes on to say that Richards, despite being just 16-years-old, has already trained with Slaven Bilic’s first-team and even impressed Charlie Austin with his performances alongside the senior striker in training matches.
The England Under-17 international made quite the impression last season when he played for the Under-16s, Under-18s and Under-23s as he made his Premier League 2 debut against Fulham in December.
He also scored a hat-trick against Manchester United’s Under-18s in a 5-3 victory for the young Albion side.
Richards is without doubt one of the best young prospects that West Brom have and getting him tied down this new deal is a huge bonus for the club.
We’ve seen a lot of good youngsters exit The Hawthorns in the last few years, with last summer being a tough one when Louie Barry left for Barcelona and Morgan Rogers headed to Manchester City.
Nathan Ferguson’s already gone this summer with Crystal Palace snapping him up but it is great to see that Richards and Rayhaan Tulloch have both signed new long-term contracts to extend their stays at the club.
In other West Brom news, Albion are locked in negotiations to sign this Premier League striker.