‘You will be forever missed’: Raheem Sterling leads tributes from Manchester City players to 17-year-old ex-development squad defender Jeremy Wisten after his death
- Former Manchester City youth defender Jeremy Wisten has died at the age of 17
- Raheem Sterling, Aymeric Laporte and Wisten’s ex-teammates have paid tribute
- Wisten joined in 2016 and was with the elite development squads before leaving
- The Premier League side issued a statement offering its ‘deepest condolences’
Malawi-born defender Wisten moved to the UK with his family as a child and had played for City’s elite youth squads after joining in 2016.
A club statement said: ‘The Manchester City family are saddened to learn of the passing of former Academy player Jeremy Wisten.
Former Man City prospect Jeremy Wisten, who joined the club in 2016, has died at the age of 17
We send our deepest condolences to his friends and family. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.’
Top scorer Sterling offered prayers as he responded to the announcement on Twitter.
French defender Laporte replied with a blue heart, adding: ‘Horrible news… RIP, young man.’
Cole Palmer, an 18-year-old City midfielder who was a teammate of Wisten before he left the club, shared a video of the pair enjoying a night out and posing for a photo with friends.
City and England striker Raheem Sterling reacted after the club made the sad announcement
Defender Aymeric Laporte was also shocked after learning of prospect Wisten’s tragic death
The teenager added on Instagram: ‘You will be forever missed.
‘Fly high, my brother. Rest in paradise.’
19-year-old midfielder Tommy Doyle, who made his Premier League debut in July, wrote on his platform: ‘So sad. RIP, my brother.’
The pair also shared details of a fundraising campaign that appeared to have been set up by Wisten’s girlfriend to support his family.