Keegan's pride dented as Lions snatch Etuhu
By Graeme Bailey. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
MILLWALL look set to encur the wrath of First Division rivals Manchester City by signing exciting young midfield star Dickson Etuhu.
The 19-year-old's contract was due to expire in the summer, after City failed to tie him down to a long-term deal.
But now Etuhu's agents are believed to have taken advantage of a loop-hole in his contract and agreed a deal with Millwall.
However, Citizens boss Kevin Keegan is far from happy with the situation, which has seemingly seen him lose one of his most prized assets.
"He has chosen not to sign for this club," Keegan revealed.
"He has decided to go to another club and we are fighting it with the lawyers, because it is not right what he has done. We feel his contract has not finished.
"All I will say is that a clause which we put into his contract to help him if he did not make it in the team has been turned round on us by his agent who claims the player is a free.
"He is not a free and we will fight it all the way. If the lad ends up a free then the whole Academy system is a waste of time and we are putting millions into it.
"He is finished at this club because of what he decided to do. He didn't turn up for training and has decided to go elsewhere, but he can't sign for Millwall legally.
"I think he has been poorly advised, we did make him an offer which I think his agent said was "derisory".
"The player said this is the club he wants to play for, but now he wants to go to Millwall which he thinks is a bigger club."
"I can't tell you how disappointed I am at the player and the agent because we tried to be very fair to him. This is a kid who had hardly played a game here before I came. We worked hard with him, but we will see what the law says."
"I am not happy about it because I think this club has been prejudiced against. We have other players coming through, we will build on them and spend some time with them."