Talented Wetherby footballer Elliot Kebbie could soon be swapping the school pitch for a top flight football club – for the 16-year-old Wetherby High School pupil is widely tipped to be joining European champions Barcelona at the start of next season.
Elliot, 16, of Wetherby, has played trial matches at Barcelona’s La Masia training ground and is now preparing to start a new life in Spain with his mum, Maggie, after negotiations are completed this summer.
He said: “I will miss Wetherby and having a kickabout on the Ings with the lads when I go to Spain. I just want to thank all the teachers who have helped me while I have been at the school. Jenny McCartney, my PE teacher has helped me, even in her own time, which I am really grateful for.”
Elliot has turned down a scholarship with Leeds United this year to follow his dream of playing football in Spain after training with the Elland Road club since he was eight-years-old.
Elliot who has been playing football since he was a toddler, told the Wetherby News. “It would be my dream to play football in Spain for a big club and I am really looking forward to moving over there.”
Elliot has also played for the U-16s England squad and has ambitions to play for the full senior side comes from a sporting family. His dad, Brimah Kebbie was a professional rugby player.
Peter Muddiman, head of Key stage four at Wetherby High School, said: “It has been a pleasure to have Elliot at the school, he has been a very level-headed, modest and mature student and we wish him all the best in his future.”