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The Daily Bee (April 2nd, 2020): Moukoko able to play for Dortmund next season

DFL approves BVB-application for rule change

Bayer 04 Leverkusen U19 v Borussia Dortmund U19 Photo by Max Maiwald/DeFodi Images via Getty Images

Borussia Dortmund youth sensation will be allowed to play for the first team once he turns 16 years old on November 20th. The DFL assembly voted for BVB’s application to change the rules for youth players to be able to play once you turn 16 in the Bundesliga. Before that the players had to be either 18 years old or was eligible to play for the U19. This would have prevented a debut for Moukoko until August 2021.

Now the young striker is able to play for the first team starting next season. Moukoko has already played for BVB’s U19 this season and has scored 34 goals in 20 matches. BVB-youth coordinator Lars Ricken was happy about the decision:

“We are very happy about this decision. (This decision will) immediately help clubs, but also young players. The majority of clubs now want to give young, exceptionally talented players the opportunity to take the next step in development in absolute exceptional cases.”

It will be very interesting to see how Dortmund will handle the situation with a young talent like Moukoko. He is supremely talented but they will need to manage the hype surrounding him which will be very difficult.

  • Multiple teams interested in Hakimi (AS)

Achraf Hakimi’s future is still not decided but it looks increasingly unlikely that he will stay with the black and yellows beyond this season. Hakimi’s loan ends this summer and Real Madrid are said to be interested to keep him around for next season. Even if they do decide to sell him BVB would have some namely competition from clubs like Juventus, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain.

UEFA have announced on Wednesday afternoon to delay the Champions League and Europa League indefinitely. This is of course due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and it looks unlikely that the international competitions can get done this season. If football ever resumes this season national leagues would probably take precedent which makes scheduling for international matches even harder.