'Horrible news': Football rocked by death of 17-year-old star

Andrew Reid
·3-min read
Pictured here, Jeremy Wisten in action for one of Manchester City's youth teams.
Jeremy Wisten's death has rocked English football. Pic: Instagram

Tributes have been pouring in on social media for Jeremy Wisten after news of the former Manchester City youth player's tragic death.

He was only 17 years old.

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Wisten joined Premier League giant City's under-13 squad in 2015, where he played for several years before being released in 2019.

The young centre back had remained in contact with Manchester City after leaving, with the club paying their condolences to the young player's family.

Seen here, former Manchester City youth player Jeremy Wisten.
Wisten joined Man City's under-13 side in 2015, before leaving the club in 2019. Pic: Instagram

"The Manchester City family are saddened to learn of the passing of former academy player Jeremy Wisten," the club said in a statement.

"We send our deepest condolences to his friends and family. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time."

The Professional Footballers’ Association has also been in contact with Wisten's family to offer their support.

Wisten's sudden death has sent shockwaves through English football, with Manchester City's Raheem Sterling among the numerous stars to pay tribute to the youngster.

Former teammates rocked by Wisten’s death

A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise funds so Wisten's family can give him "the best send-off he deserves".

Wisten also played for Altrincham Juniors and De La Salle earlier in his career.

Cole Palmer has been at City since the Under-8's and the attacking midfielder shared some touching images of the time he shared there with Wisten.

Blackburn Rovers player Tyrhys Dolan - a former teammate of Wisten's at City - says he is dedicating his career to his good friend.

“The pain is indescribable. I can’t believe I’m writing this message,” he wrote.

“Thank-you enough for giving me the best times of my life. Always been a brother to me and I will carry on your legacy forever.

"For the rest of my days I will live in your honour knowing that wherever I go I represent you and your family.”

No details have been released about Wisten's cause of death and his family have not released a statement.

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