Mason Greenwood dedicated his goal in Manchester United’s win over Brighton to departing teammate Angel Gomes – who sent back an emotional thankyou message.
Greenwood gave United the lead at the Amex, bamboozling defender Lewis Dunk with his quick footwork before drilling home to send his side on the way to a 3-0 victory.
And as the 18-year-old celebrated he made an ‘A’ sign with his fingers – a tribute to fellow teenager Gomes, who is set to become a free agent on Wednesday after failing to agree a new contract.
Gomes, 19, took to Instagram to post a thankyou message to pal Greenwood, after the two came up through the rabks together at United.
The attacking midfielder posted a picture of Greenwood’s celebration, along with the caption said: “No words! I love you bro.
“Special special player, thanks for the dedicated goal.”
And Greenwood posted back, telling Gomes: “A promise is a promise.”
Asked if Chelsea had made a move for Gomes, Lampard said: “Yes, I can elaborate to the point that it’s never been mentioned at my end; so that’s it.”
And when asked if there was any interest, Lampard added: “No.”
Gomes, who has made six appearances this season, is regarded as one of the brightest prospects at United, and the club were keen to keep hold of him.
But the failure to come to an agreement over new terms means the youngster will be free to join any club, although United will be owed training compensation.
Greenwood, by contrast, scored his sixth Premier League goal of a breakthrough season in Tuesday’s win over Brighton.
The centre-forward has also scored five in the Europa League and two in the domestic cup competitions, and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer rates him highly.
“He is a special talent, a special kid we are going to look after and try to develop into a top, top player,” Solksjaer said after the Brighton win.
“He has got things to learn. He knows that. But we have got a special talent we have to nuture.”
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