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26 October 2020 00:33

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Man City ex-youth player Jeremy Wisten tragically dies at 17 as Raheem Sterling leads tributes to teenager

Tributes have poured in for a former Manchester City youth team player who has died suddenly. Jeremy Wisten was born in Malawi but his family moved to the UK when he was a baby. He played at clubs including Altrincham Juniors and De La Salle before signing for City's Under 13 Elite Squad in 2016 where he was a highly-promising centre back. Manchester City confirmed the youngster's tragic death on Twitter on Sunday evening. "The Manchester City family are saddened to learn of the passing of former Academy player Jeremy Wisten," they said.

Friends and fellow players have reacted with shock at his death at such a young age. Cole Palmer, 18, was among those to post a tribute on social media. He shared pictures and videos of the friends together with the message: "You Will Be Forever Missed. Another fellow Man City youth team player Tyrhys Dolan, who now plays for Blackburn Rovers, posted a heartfelt tribute. "The pain is indescribable I can't believe I'm writing this message, I can't Thank you enough for giving me the best times of my life," wrote Tyrhys.

"Always been a brother to me and I will carry on your legacy forever! Friend Holly Mills posted on Facebook: "To the most beautiful person/soul I have ever met, Jeremy Wisten. "We love you forever, we will miss you forever, you will NEVER be forgotten. Your smile lit up every room you walked in, your energy alone truly cured any sadness I ever felt, you are and always will be so special to me, to your friends, to your family and everyone else that knew you for who you were. "To all of his family and friends, he LOVED you so so much, you all meant the world to him, I promise." A gofundme page set up to help support Jeremy's family pay for funeral costs has already reached over £5,000.

It reads: "We are raising money to help Jeremy's family give him the best send off he deserves. Manchester City have paid tribute to former youth team player Jeremy Wisten after his tragic death at the age of 17. The defender, who was born in Malawi and moved to the United Kingdom with his family as a baby, joined City in 2016 and played for their elite development squads before leaving the club. "The Manchester City family are saddened to learn of the passing of former Academy player Jeremy Wisten," the club said a statement on Twitter. "We send our deepest condolences to his friends and family.

Manchester City (@ManCity) The Manchester City family are saddened to learn of the passing of former Academy player Jeremy Wisten. City players Raheem Sterling and Aymeric Laporte were among those to respond to the club's tweet, with French defender Laporte writing: "Horrible news… RIP young man." Two of Wisten's former teammates Cole Palmer and Tommy Doyle - who recently made his first-team debut - also posted tributes to the centre-back. "You Will Be Forever Missed," Palmer wrote on Instagram alongside a series of pictures and videos of himself and Wisten. "Fly High My Brother Rest In Paradise!" FORMER Manchester City youth player Jeremy Wisten has died aged 17 as Raheem Sterling joined Manchester City in paying tribute. The Premier League club took to Twitter on Sunday evening to share the tragic news. 2 Former Manchester City academy youth player Jeremy Wisten passed away, aged 17 Credit: Instagram City's official account wrote: "The Manchester City family are saddened to learn of the passing of former academy player Jeremy Wisten. Sterling quote tweeted the post with praying and flower emojis. Aymeric Laporte replied: "Horrible news... RIP young man." The cause of death is unknown at this stage and Wisten's family are yet to release a statement. A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise funds to 'give him the best send off he deserves'. The page description reads: "We are raising money to help Jeremy's family give him the best send off he deserves. 2 City academy star Cole Palmer, back right, paid tribute to his friend and former team-mate, back left, on Instagram Credit: Instagram The page raised more than £5,800 within four hours of being set up. City academy talents Cole Palmer and Tommy Doyle - who recently made his first-team debut - posted on social media to pay their respects to the Malawi-born centre-back. Palmer shared pictures and videos of himself with Wisten, writing: "You Will Be Forever Missed. Liam Delap, who also recently appeared for the first team, commented with a love heart. Wisten joined the City academy in February 2016 after impressing on trial with the club and had aims of emulating legendary captain Vincent Kompany at the Etihad. Get the FREE Mirror Football newsletter by email with the day's key headlines and transfer news Sign up Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email Manchester City and several of the club's players have paid tribute to their former youth player Jeremy Wisten, who has passed away. City tweeted: "The Manchester City family are saddened to learn of the passing of former Academy player Jeremy Wisten. "We send our deepest condolences to his friends and family. On Sunday afternoon, City academy stars Cole Palmer and Tommy Doyle - who recently made his first-team debut - posted tributes to the Malawi-born centre-back. "You Will Be Forever Missed," Palmer wrote on Instagram alongside a series of pictures and videos of himself and Wisten. "Fly High My Brother Rest In Paradise!" And alongside an Instagram post, which included a picture of Wisten, Doyle wrote: "So sad. RIP brother." Palmer posted another tribute to Wisten on his Instagram story, sharing a snap of the Malawian with the accompanying caption: "Jeremy Wisten, Rest In Peace." (Image: COLE PALMER / INSTAGRAM) Doyle's fellow City teammates Liam Delap, who has also recently made his first-team bow, and Morgan Rogers also paid tribute to Wisten, commenting on Palmer's post with heart emojis. Wisten's family have yet to releas a statement on the former Altrincham Juniors FC ace's passing. Wisten joined City's ranks in February 2016 after impressing scouts during a lengthy trial. (Image: TOMMY DOYLE / INSTAGRAM) The youngster made multiple appearances for City's Select and Elite Academy squad's. Wistenn had high hopes for his City career and had ambitions of emulating club legend Vincent Kompany. "Maybe Vincent Kompany," Wisten said when asked who he wanted to emulate. 'Big six' years since last top-flight league title Tottenham Hotspur: 59 Arsenal: 16 Manchester United: 7 Chelsea: 3 Manchester City: 1 Liverpool: 0 A GoFundMe page has been set up in Wisten's honour. It declares: "We are raising money to help Jeremys family give him the best send off he deserves. "The most beautiful soul who was loved by many. Rest in paradise Jez". Sign up to the Mirror Football email here for the latest news and transfer gossip. Man Metropolis have paid tribute to their former academy star Jeremy Wisten following his tragic demise. The 17-year-old defender joined Metropolis in 2016 and featured for his or her Elite Improvement squads earlier than leaving the membership. In a quick assertion, Metropolis stated: "The Manchester Metropolis household are saddened to study of the passing of former Academy participant Jeremy Wisten. "We ship our deepest condolences to his family and friends. Metropolis defender Aymeric Laporte tweeted: "Horrible information… RIP younger man." Horrible information… RIP younger man — Aymeric Laporte (@Laporte) October 25, 2020 In the meantime, former Metropolis winger Trevor Sinclair stated: "RIP Jeremy Wisten. "As I've stated earlier than; We actually must handle our youngest technology throughout this troublesome covid19 period #gonetoosoon condolences together with his household & buddies." RIP Jeremy Wisten As I've stated earlier than; We actually must handle our youngest technology throughout this troublesome covid19 period #gonetoosoon condolences together with his household & buddies pic.twitter.com/sbcrnCfL8N — Trevor Sinclair (@trevor8sinclair) October 25, 2020 Wisten's former Metropolis teammates Cole Palmer wrote on Instagram: "You Will Be Perpetually Missed. Fly Excessive My Brother. Relaxation In Paradise!" Metropolis children Dommy Doyle and Liam Delap replied to the submit with coronary heart emojis. View this submit on Instagram You Will Be Perpetually Missed Fly Excessive My Brother Relaxation In Paradise! A submit shared by Cole Jermaine Palmer (@colepalmer_10) on Oct 25, 2020 at 5:18am PDT The reason for Wisten's demise stays unknown for the time being.