“There’s Been Interest” – £750,000-Rated Birmingham City Man’s Admission

Birmingham City prospect Romelle Donovan has admitted there’s been ‘interest’ in him since he was young, but staying at the club was ‘only right’.

Donovan was handed a three-year deal back in November, rewarded for his loyalty in the face of interest from bigger clubs. Team mate Trevan Sanusi, another former scholar, left for Newcastle, but Donovan stayed put.

The England Under 18 international then burst onto the scene, appearing seven times in the Championship, but he drifted from the first team setup under Chris Davies. However, he’s revealed he’s now ready to help the Blues bounce back, after remaining loyal to his home city club.

“There’s obviously been interest from other clubs since (I was) young but Birmingham City have looked after me so it was only right for me to stay here,” said the 17-year-old, speaking to Birmingham Live. “They showed that they wanted me by giving me the early pro (contract) on my birthday so I feel like it was right for me to stay here at that time.

“I wouldn’t be the person and the character I am if it wasn’t for this club. I’m a Birmingham boy as well so it just means more. I feel like I have a good connection with the fans and this club has a massive place in my heart.”

After making a scoring debut for England, bagging in a win against Northern Ireland at St Georges Park, the youngster’s stock has risen – he valued on Transfermarkt at £750,000 (€900,000), and that only looks set to rise. He helped the Under 21 side to the Professional Development League final, but is now ready to impress in pre-season.

“When I was back with the 21s I felt like I had a point to prove,” he told Blues TV. “I’m still young so I shouldn’t expect to be playing every single minute with the first team. When I get that call again I will be even better.”

That call could come in the Blues packed pre-season schedule. They have friendlies against Paderborn, Solihull Moors, Shrewsbury, and Rangers scheduled in the next three weeks, with Walsall and West Brom also on the fixture list before the big kick-off. That should present the exciting young attacker a platform to impress, hoping to be in the first-team squad for the season opener against Reading.

Writer’s View

It’s refreshing to see a young man remaining loyal to the club that has stood by him throughout his apprenticeship. Loyalty is a much-missed attribute in football these days, something John Eustace surely feels he wasn’t shown by the Blues.

Eustace and Rooney have gone, but Donovan has not, and given his explosive start to his England youth career, he looks like a man with a big future. Interest might have been shown tentatively in the past, but if he does step up to the first team, it might not be as easy to ignore overtures from big clubs.

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