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Friday, 6 September, 2002, 16:51 GMT 17:51 UK
Schmeichel's son joins Man City
Peter Schmeichel
Kasper Schmeichel is following in his dad's footsteps
Manchester City have signed Peter Schmeichel's 15-year-old son Kasper on a long-term contract.

The teenage goalkeeper's deal covers schoolboy, scholar and professional terms.

Schmeichel senior, 38, is seeing out his playing days at Maine Road and has been so impressed by the City set-up that he encouraged his son to join.


I'm delighted Kasper has joined us - we think highly of his ability
Kevin Keegan

He said: "I've found the club to be very well organised, with professional people, great coaching staff and a terrific manager.

"I'm thrilled Kasper is going to be part of all this. I know he's really excited about what the future may hold for him here.

"My wife and I are delighted my son has impressed the management and staff enough to be offered such a wonderful opportunity.

"And we're equally delighted that Kasper will make his first steps to achieving his football ambitions with Manchester City."

Keegan beat off inquiries from other clubs to snap up 6ft-tall Schmeichel junior.

He told the club's website: "I'm delighted Kasper has joined us - and by offering him this deal, it's obvious we think highly of his ability.

"If he continues to work as hard as he has done so far, he may even be able to follow in his father's footsteps."

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