TEENAGER Ajani Burchall has announced he is leaving Cherries.

The 16-year-old shot into the headlines in December, named as a surprise substitute for the first team, having previously been playing under-18s football.

The winger went on to make his debut under former boss Jason Tindall, coming on for the final three minutes of the 5-0 win over Huddersfield Town in the Championship.

By coming on, Bournemouth Collegiate School pupil Burchall became the third youngest player in the club's history to play for the first team, behind Jimmy White and Jayden Stockley.

Burchall kept his spot in the matchday squad for the following weekend's trip to Luton Town, but that proved to be his final involvement with the senior side.

The Bermudian has been linked with a move away in recent months, with the likes of Arsenal and Aston Villa strongly linked.

And he has now taken to Instagram to confirm he will be leaving Cherries.

Burchall wrote: "I have decided to take a different step in my pathway to achieve my dream.

"I can not express my gratitude to the overwhelming support the club gave me throughout the course of my journey with AFC Bournemouth.

"Not a day will pass without remembrance to those who have helped me achieve my career so far.

"I thank all my teammates and staff who have helped me be the player I am today. Looking forward to the hard work to start next season!! Thank you."