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AZ land Malmo starlet

AZ Alkmaar have won the race to sign Malmo starlet Zia Sakirovski.

English giants Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City were amongst the clubs to have held talks with the highly-rated teenage striker.

Sakirovski visited England last year, but he has spurned a move to the Premier League and also Ajax to sign a three-year deal with AZ.

Sakirovski told AZ's website: "AZ is the right club for me at this stage of my career. I have visited clubs like Manchester City and Ajax, but AZ gave me the right feeling.

"Back in November I visited Alkmaar and we kept in touch. AZ is well known it's a good club for Scandinavian talents. Rasmus Elm and Pontus Wernbloom have grown to a higher level here."

Sakirovski says a move to England is something for later in his career.

"A move to a top English team is not something I have thought about yet. In the Netherlands I will get the time to develop myself."