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City pay up for Sturridge

City have been ordered to pay a compensation fee of upto £200,000 to Coventry City for youth team player Daniel Sturridge.

Sturridge, just seventeen but tipped by many in and around the club for great things spent a year at Coventry when he was thirteen years old.

Coventry receive £30,000 immediately then a further £30,000 after he makes five first team appearances, £30,000 again if he makes 15, a further £30,000 if he makes 25 and a final £30,000 if he makes 40 first team appearances.
On top of that, we will receive £50,000 if he goes on to make a senior international appearance, and perhaps most crucially of all in thsi award, they will get 10 per cent of any fee if we sell him on.

I've been quite scathing in the past about the poor compensation awards clubs receive for young players who leave at the ages of 16 or 17 - ironically when Sturridge was rumoured to be interesting Chelsea I was quite vocal about this, but I don't think Coventry can have any real complaints about this award considering the short period of time at a young age he actually spent at the club.

I've seen Sturridge a couple of times now and have mixed reviews of his performances - I actually thought Kelvin Etuhu outplayed him on both times, but he seems to be continuing to build his reputation and I would be surprised if he didn't feature at some stage this season.