Former midfielder Lee Clark has told Tribal Football that the speculation linking his son with a Newcastle United exit in January are baseless.

His son, Bobby is considered the best schoolboy prospect at Newcastle by manager Steve Bruce. Despite being just 14 years of age, the youngster has already made his debut for the club’s U-18 side (Daily Mail).

The Daily Mail reported the young midfielder was being watched by several Premier League big hitters with Spurs said to be leading the race for him. Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United were also reported to be keen on landing the teenager.

However, Bobby’s father Lee, who also came through the ranks at the Magpies before making 250 appearances for their first team, dismissed any suggestions that his son is on his way out of the club.

He insisted that Bobby was getting the right coaching that he needs to develop at Newcastle.

Tribal Football quotes Lee Clarke as saying, “All the reports about my son Bobby are purely speculation. As I’ve written in this column in the past, I’m here for Bobby as his father to give him advice.

“I’ve been where he is at this moment in time. We are a very, very proud family that he has been selected to represent England against the Republic of Ireland and Turkey. It’s a great feat so we’re extremely proud.”

“He’s getting coached very well at Newcastle’s academy. Everyone who is there and the various different teams he plays in are terrific.

“Ben Dawson, the head of coaching, I have a good relationship with and I have regular contact with him and talk about how Bobby is getting on. And I let them guys get on with coaching him and looking after him. They are doing a terrific job.”

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Based on Lee Clarke’s words, it is clear that Bobby is not going to be leaving Newcastle anytime soon. It is clear that the top clubs have realised the importance of catching top players when they are still developing and so more and more 14 and 15-year-olds are making high profile moves these days. However, at such a young age, any transfer is a gamble as it is anybody’s guess how their game and bodies will develop as they get older.

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