Kingsbury schoolboy signed by QPR football club
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Deven Solanki, eight, was spotted while playing for AFC Wembley
An eight-year-old budding footballer from Kingsbury has been plucked from his local team and signed a contract with Premier League side Queen’s Park Rangers (QPR).
Deven Solanki was spotted by QPR coaches during a game for his club AFC Wembley.
The striker signed a contract with the West London side two weeks ago.
Speaking to the Times, his father Hemel said: “We are extremely proud of him and will continue to support him. Hopefully he has a very bright future ahead of him.”
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Deven’s path is similar to former Wembley schoolboy Raheem Sterling who, like Deven, started out as a player for Kingsbury based Alpha and Omega FC and AFC Wembley before signing for QPR.
Mr Sterling eventually moved to Liverpool FC where he currently plays.
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Angel Reid, Deven’s mother said: “Ever since he was tiny he has always been kicking balls around, his love of football has really paid off.
“He certainly didn’t get his talent from either of us, its all self taught.”
Deven will play for QPR’s under nines team.
The first team will play in the Championship, professional football’s second tier next season following relegation from the Premier League.