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A very young City U18s team had mixed results in their games in their training camp in Portugal where they won their opening game against U.D Leiria comfortably; but then lost a tight game against Benfica before being outclassed by Sporting Lisbon in the final game.
The first game was shown up to be a game of two halves where City had conceded a goal in the first half but thanks to goals from George Swan, James Horsefield, Joe Nuttall and Jack Byrne ran out four one winners.
The next game was clearly a step up when facing European giants Benfica and the young City boys worked hard but were undone by a shot that cannoned off the inside of the post and came back of the back of goalkeeper Billy O'Brien and into the back of the goal.
The final game may have shown up slightly heavy legs as they allowed Sporting Lisbon to score three goals in the first half despite Brandon Barker scoring to equalize. City battled in the second half but did not have enough to break the Lisbon defence again.
This training camp was probably more about bringing some of the younger players into the U18s fold and showing them what is required at that level and I am sure from that point of view this camp was very positive.
The older lads will now be heading to Germany for the U19s tournament in Oberndorf playing five games in three days.
A brace of goals from second half substitute Jordi Hiwula in his first appearance for City in their pre-season friendly program was enough to seal the victory for the EDS squad over Stockport County after going a goal behind from Daniel O’Donnell midway in the second half.
CITY: Lawlor, Wabara, Helan (Facey HT), De Jong (Hutton 64), McGivern, Kennedy (Leigh), Drury (Henshall 80), Huws (Glendon HT), Santa Cruz (Hiwula HT), Jelavic (Bunn HT), Rusnak (Pozo 80)
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Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool have shown a firm interest in the 13-year-old.
The central midfielder, who turns 14 next month, is regarded as one of the hottest prospects in England, and will spark a huge transfer scramble now he is deregistered as a Birmingham City player.
Manchester City have handed trials to Hadjuk Split striker Mario Jelavic.
Jelavic featured for City in yesterday's friendly defeat to Al Hila and is a Croatian U19 international.
Although there is no official confirmation from the club we can confirm that although the exact dates of the league games have yet to be confirmed but City will be in a group with Chelsea, Fulham, Wolves, Middlesbrough and Crystal Palace,
The club announced today that the following players have signed scholarships
Billy O'Brien--all three are goalkeepers
Ashley Smith Brown
There is no mention of Irish kid Jack Byrne(who has signed) or Norwegian Forward Bersant Celina, or Belgian defender Matthias Bossaerts plus the three Ghanians from the Right to Dream Academy
Erik Johansen has announced today via his twitter account, that he has signed a new three year deal with City
According to the Daily Mail , City are closing in on Argentine star Paulo Dybala who is being tracked by AC Milan, Inter Milan and Real Madrid.
The 18-year-old Instituto striker scored 17 goals in 38 games in his first season for his club in Cordoba, attracting attention from Palermo.
The Italian club believed they had struck a deal for Dybala in April, leading club president Maurizio Zamparini to claim they had 'signed the new Sergio Aguero'.
The move failed to materialise and now City are preparing a £5million bid the for the Argentina Under 20 international.
Dybala has a Polish grandfather and is understood to have
an Italian passport which would remove the need for City to apply for a work permit.
Greg Cunningham is likely to join Bristol City within the next few days, both clubs have agreed on an undisclosed fee and the 21 year old defender, who is resigned to leaving City, has been at the Bristol club this week putting the final touches to a permanent deal.
City Under 15s did the double over Brazilian Vasco da Gama to claim third place in the canon Lion City Cup as they won three one today thanks to goals from Callum Bullock and a brace from Lukas Nmecha. Ajax went on to become the eventual winners of the tournament after they reversed their beating in the group stages by Singapore under 16s to win four one today.
Manchester City U15 beat Vasco da Gama for the second time in the competition by two goals after a 3 – 1 victory in the third and fourth placing match of the 24th Canon Lion City Cup.
A neat goal from City’s Callum Bullock (no. 11) put them in front after a neat interplay with striker Lukas Nmecha (no. 17). Vasco’s Joao dos Santos (no. 9) pulled a goal back and the game looked to go right down to the wire. Vasco’s Luan Martins (no. 7) had a number of opportunities after forcing fine saves from the City goalkeeper, Daniel Grimshaw, with his shots from distance.
However, nifty and agile City striker Lukas Nmecha proved to be too much for the Vasco defence as he cropped up to score a header 8 minutes after the break and added City’s third three minutes later.
Vasco pressed forward to get a goal after the break but the young citizens’ defence could not be broken down as it was properly marshalled by Joshua Murray (no. 4) and Charles Oliver (no. 5).
Vasco’s Matheus da Silva’s curling effort was on route to the top corner but was palmed away by the inspiring Grimshaw between the posts as he kept his team in the game on more than one occasion.
13. Daniel Grimshaw (GK), 4. Joshua Murray, 5. Charles Oliver, 6. Yvan Wassi (Robinson 30), 8. Thomas Holland (Patching 60), 9. Joseph Nuttall (Nemane 39), 10. David Brooks (Corfe 50), 11. Callum Bullock, 12. Ryan Ellison (Humphreys 41), 15. Marcus Wood, 17. Lukas Nmecha
1. Bradley McDonagh, 16. Joseph Hardy