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Man City will receive a huge £20 million windfall after Southampton were promoted back to the Premier League

By Vaseline May27,2024

Southampton beat Leeds 1-0 in the Championship play-off final at Wembley on Sunday to secure promotion to the Premier League at the first time asked under boss Russell Martin

Taylor Harwood-Bellis played an important role in Southampton’s season(James Gill – Danehouse/Getty Images)

Manchester City will receive a cool £20 million after academy product Taylor Harwood-Bellis helped Southampton gain promotion to the Premier League.

22-year-old Harwood-Bellis won promotion from the Championship for the second season in a row, having done the same with Burnley last season. The City defender will now join Southampton on a permanent basis after their hard-fought 1-0 win against Leeds in the play-off final at Wembley secured a clause to make his move permanent.

Adam Armstrong’s first-half strike was enough for Russell Martin’s side to beat Leeds, who suffered their sixth play-off defeat in six and became the first team this century to amass 90 or more points in a Championship season and failed to go up. Harwood-Bellis played the full 90 minutes at centre-back, his 46th appearance of the campaign.

After Sunday’s win, he told Sky Sports: “I’m over the moon. It was a huge advantage knowing I’m staying here permanently. I love the club, it’s a special football club and the fans are great.”

“They continued to support us in difficult times, but also in very good times. But today we did it for them. I can’t describe how I feel about this year.”

Southampton’s success boosts City’s summer transfer kitty and contributes to Financial Fair Play as the £20 million is considered pure profit thanks to Harwood-Bellis coming through their academy.

The 22-year-old has been a City player since the age of six and has made eight first-team appearances. He was loaned out to Blackburn, Anderlecht and Stoke before enjoying back-to-back promotions.

Harwood-Bellis is also a regular England youth international and captained the under-21 side last summer when they won the European Championship. His performances prompted Southampton to sign him, knowing that a return to the Premier League at the first time of asking would ensure the youngster would remain on the south coast.

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