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Dortmund prodigy Youssoufa Moukoko, 15, allowed to skip school to train with club ahead of new season

BORUSSIA DORTMUND wonderkid Youssoufa Moukoko will ditch the science books for the training pitch after being told school’s out.

The 15-year-old goalscoring sensation has been given a special exemption to leave the classroom behind to train with the first-team.

Despite his age, Moukoko has joined the likes of Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho in Switzerland as they prepare for the upcoming campaign.

According to Bild, those were the orders of boss Lucien Favre who wants a closer look at the teenager braced to rise to the very top.

Rules in Germany state: “Permanent leave of absence and exemptions for school-age students to promote academic, athletic or artistic giftedness presuppose that other suitable educational measures are provided.”

And a youth coach at Dortmund added: “We are in a constructive and close exchange with Youssoufa Moukoko’s school.

“Together we have created all the prerequisites for him to be temporarily exempt from teaching in accordance with the NRW Schools Act, Paragraph 43, in order to be able to take part in professional training.”

There is no doubt Moukoko is regarded as one of the most gifted players to come out of the academy.

After scoring an incredible 183 goals in 120 youth games, Haaland raved about his potential after watching Moukoko in action.

He said: “He’s a lot better than I was when I was 15.

“He trains at Borussia Dortmund and keeps up. I was in my home club, Bryne FK, when I was 15.

“You can’t compare that.”

SunSport recently reported how the Bundesliga have changed their age eligibility rules in order to let him play.

Previously players have not been allowed to play in Germany’s top-flight until they are 16-and-a-half.

But such have been the waves caused by Moukoko’s rapid rise, that this has now been lowered to just 16.

And Haaland has admitted it will be difficult to keep the top talent grounded.

He added: “But it’s hard when he’s that good.

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen a 15-year-old that good.”

At the age of just 12, Moukoko was playing for Dortmund’s Under-17s and Germany’s Under-16s.

He scored an astonishing 90 goals in 56 games at Under-17 level, before bagging 34 in 20 this season for the Under-19s – despite having started the season as a 14-year-old.

Ahead of turning 16 on November 20, Moukoko has already been training on-and-off with Favre’s first-team squad since January.

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