Matt Miazga is no longer a New York Red Bulls player, having completed his move to Premier League side Chelsea FC today, though the MLS club can’t be blamed for not trying to keep hold of their academy star.
In the wake of the move, it has become apparent that the Red Bulls attempted to make Miazga the first Homegrown Player to sign a Designated Player contract, according to Red Bulls Sporting Director Ali Curtis via Grant Wahl.
Wahl took to Twitter to reveal the details from a conversation with Ali Curtis. Information included the fact that Miazga was unwilling to sign a new deal with the Eastern Conference side because he was so keen on securing an immediate move to Chelsea.
The fact that the Red Bulls were willing to make Miazga a DP is significant and indicates just how highly rated the 20-year-old defender was by those within the organisation.
The academy product was reportedly offered a “multimillion dollar” DP contract to stay in New York, but he rejected that offer as his desire to move to the Premier League was too strong.
Curtis described his move as “bittersweet” but revealed that the funds acquired from the move will be reinvested into the club, with a significant amount being put into the club’s youth setup.
“It is a bittersweet day for the New York Red Bulls,” he told the Red Bulls’ official website.
“We are very happy for Matt to get the opportunity but it is tough to see him leave after coming through our academy to the first team – there is a different feel when one of your homegrown players leaves.
“We tried everything we could to keep Matt but we understand and respect his desire to play in Europe. Moving forward, we’ll either reinforce the team from within our existing player pool or we will acquire a player from the international market. Additionally, the proceeds of this transfer provide us with greater resources to put back into our youth system.”
“We will cheer for Matt from Red Bull Arena. He will always be a part of our family and we wish him the best,” Curtis added.