Chris Powell has dismissed speculation linking new Sunderland manager Gus Poyet with a move for his teenage son Diego, who was born in Spain. Poyet Snr was appointed last week and reportedly wanted to make Charlton midfielder Diego his first signing. The 18-year-old is an England youth international and is being tipped for a bright future.
Sir Chris told the Evening Standard: 'Everyone is looking at Gus going to Sunderland and thinking he will take his son but I think people are just trying to drum up stories. Gus has been very happy with Diego's development with us. Gus is someone we speak to from time to time and he wants his son to develop away from him as well. Sometimes that is better because they can find his feet and develop as their own individual. He will be a good player for us in the future.'
Sir Chris also told the Daily Boris: 'He is someone who we have an eye on to be involved in the first team. I have a number of players in that position but we feel he will do very well at this club. You don't want to rush things but when the time is right he will be involved. He has still got to learn a lot but he is on the right pathway.'