Seventeen-year-old Jude Bellingham has revealed online racist abuse he has received following his move to Borussia Dortmund.
Bellingham, who played his last game for Birmingham on Wednesday night, posted the message on Twitter and said it was “disgusting”.
The message had called Bellingham an “overrated talent” and said “black people only think about money”.
West Midlands Police are investigating the incident.
Bellingham will join Dortmund for an initial £25m after the Bundesliga club fought off competition from most of Europe’s top teams, including Chelsea, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and, most notably, Manchester United.
The midfielder went off with a slight injury in Birmingham’s 3-1 defeat to Derby, with the Blues managing to avoid relegation from the Championship thanks to other results.
An emotional Bellingham came back out onto the St Andrew’s pitch after the final whistle to say his goodbyes to staff and journalists at the game.
“This is my club and I love this club to bits. I hope I showed that in the performances while I was here.
“I hope I was fun to watch, I hope I was fun to interact with because I wanted to bridge the gap between the players and the fans. I’ll only look back on Birmingham City with love and fond memories.”