Arsenal, Newcastle targeted wonderkid commits future to Charlton

Joe Gomez has signed a three-year deal with Charlton Athletic, despite interest from a number of Premier League clubs.

The 17-year-old defender has already made five first-team appearances this season, registering three starts under his belt despite his tender age.

A key part of England’s triumph in the Under-17 Championship’s in Malta in May, Gomez was regarded as one of the talents to have built his reputation at the tournament, and his performances reportedly drew interest from a number of Premier League sides, including Newcastle, Everton, Chelsea and Arsenal.

He made his debut for the Addicks in August, before winning his first cap for the England Under-19’s in September, putting in a strong performance in a 1-1 draw with Germany. He signs the three-year contract, with the option for a further year, tying his immediate future down at The Valley.

Having been with the club since childhood, Gomez, who first appeared for the Addicks Under-18’s as a 13-year-old, revealed his delight at the deal to the official Charlton website.

He said: “I’m happy that it’s done and that I can push on now,” said Gomez.

“It’s a relief because the intention was to get it done as quickly as possible. It’s taken a little while but it’s good that it’s done now and I’m happy.

“It’s nice that the young players here are being given a chance to play, that’s obviously exciting for us and it was a big incentive to sign.”

Gomez has broken through into the first-team at a good time for the progression of his career, with new head coach Bob Peeters showing an interest in promotion youth. The coach told the Daily Mail in July: 'It doesn't matter if you're 35 or 17 - if you show me that you're willing and you have the ability, I don't see the problem why I shouldn't play him.’

Gomez was set to feature for the England Under-19’s during this international break, but an injury suffered on Charlton duty has ruled him out until the return of the Championship season.

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