Big in Japan?
- Fri 02 Nov 2012, 9:04AM
- Posted by David Clayton
According to Sky Sports this morning, City are showing a string interest in the current Asian Youth Player of the Year.
The teenager in question has, apparently, been invited to train with the Blues with a view to a possible transfer.
Sky report: “Manchester City will bring rising Japanese star Hideki Ishige to England to run the rule over the midfielder.
“Reports in the Japanese media that City have made an offer for the 18-year-old, who plies his trade with Shimizu S-Pulse, appear to be wide of the mark.
“Shimizu manager Afshin Ghotbi says he is keen to retain the services of Ishige but admits the chance for him to train with City is too good to pass up.
“‘If you want to build top-class players, you have to give them various experiences and opportunities to see first-hand what the world level is about,’ Ghotbi told Japan's Kyodo News.
“’And what better experience for Ishige than to train with the first team of Manchester City and have Roberto Mancini see him first hand and train with some of the top players in the world?’”
Japan Today continues the thread: “Ishige is set to spend time with City in January.
“The former Iranian national coach said other European clubs were also keen on the teenager.
“’There is interest in him, not just Man City but many clubs in Europe and he deserves it. He’s a real fantastic talent,’ Ghotbi said.
“’As far as I’m concerned, he’s not for sale and we want him to be a part of S-Pulse for the next few years to come. There has been no offer, (City) just want to see him and we are doing the same with other players with other clubs.
"'The greatest asset of Japan is its youth system. I’m very, very positive about the youth players in Japan and their qualities. Ishige is a perfect example of what I’m talking about.’”
We’ll keep a watching brief on this story and, of course, if anything does happen, you’ll hear official confirmation of this – or any other transfer story – on mcfc.co.uk first.