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Nwakali Close To Man City Exit; Gent, NAC Breda Show Interest

Nwakali Close To Man City Exit; Gent, NAC Breda Show Interest

By Johnny Edward:

Nigerian midfielder, Chidebere Nwakali, is close to completing a move away from reigning English Premier League side, Manchester City, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

Belgian side KAA Gent and Dutch first division side, NAC Breda are the two teams the 21 year old has been heavily linked with, CSN gathered.

Nwakali joined Manchester City in 2015 after impressing with the Golden Eaglets squad at the 2013 FIFA U17 World Cup in UAE which the Nigerian team won.

He has been sent out on loan since he arrived at the Etihad Stadium side.

The former Shuttle Academy player had loan spells at Spanish sides, Malaga and Girona. He also starred for Norwegian outfits, Ik Start and Sogndal.

He spent last season on loan at Scottish side Aberdeen where he played eight games.

The Super Eagles B team midfielder has one year remaining on his contract with Manchester City and has since joined up with the squad for pre-seaason.

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  • Razak 3 years ago

    Nigeria needs to go back to the drawing board and invest in youth programs if it wants to be a force to reckon with on the world stage.

  • Dr. Drey 3 years ago

    Runor your life kid……run…i mean let ur heels be touching the back of your head as you are running. A big EPL club like City is not a place for a young kid like you to blossom. Go to Holland or France and start with a europa league team there and develop your football further. what you need most now are consistency and career stability. within 3-4 years you will be ready for the big leagues

  • At times, to be the best, you have to mingle with the best. Against conventional wisdom, Iheanacho signed and stayed at Manchester City at such a young age. He made an impact until a change of management meant a change in fortune for the World Cup Under-17 before he had to move.
    Mikel went to a big club at a young age and experienced longevity. I know that for every Mikel and Iheanacho out there, there are hundreds of Federico Macheda and Adnan Januzaj who failed to break into big teams at young age.
    That being said, if Nwakali wants to stay and fight for a place in Man City, there is precedence to tap into of players in his situation who have made a success of it.
    All this may be irrelevant if both parties (Man City and Nwakali) have come to the mutual conclusion that parting ways is the best way forward for each party.

    • Dr. Drey 3 years ago

      Ashy….its very dicey…more on the wrong side of the probability curve than on the right side of it. Mikel for all his longevity and talent never achieved legendary status at Chelsea. Till today he’s still seen as a bit part player at the blues. Except for a few seasons out of the 10 he spent at the bridge, he just never tied down a first 11 shirt. Cant remember him putting himself in the shop window to spark a transfer war btw his club and other clubs all tru the period. That was how subdued he was. Saving grace was that he often came in handy for many coaches and we was willing to play even in goal when called upon. Ofcourse the team would always buy quality players every season and challenge for trophies so he needn’t bother himself, as far as he was getting his occasional game time. Dude just hanged on to get his British passport.
      Similarly Nacho never really stamped his feet at the etihad, was never a first eleven player and the highest he ever went in the pecking order was 3rd choice striker, now at leicester, story isnt much different. We can all see the decline in his game in the last 1 season. The truth is…some of these rich, big clubs do not have that patience to wait for a players to grow their game. Imagine at a point in time chelsea had Salah, De-bruyne, Lukaku, Hazard in their squad. Chelsea will have to spend close to half a billion pounds to have that same scenario now. Save for hazard, the rest had to go elsewhere to grow their game. We can as well say Chidiebere should stay and fight….but look at the current city midfield and tell me what year he will get an opportunity to start a game. Whereas, this is the critical stage of his career where he needs games to learn, make mistakes and learn again. What you learn in ur game as a footballer between the ages of 19-24 is what remains with you for the rest of your career. Subsequently, you only use experience to pad things up.

  • Sureseye 3 years ago

    Great contribution, Ashley. I like that we stopped seeing the shades between you and Drey.

  • Drey, I know you like your data and statistics and we differ greatly from the angles to which we tackle disagreements in football matters however, to refer to Mikel’s status as a “bit part player” in his career at Chelsea (prior to the arrival of Antonio Conte) flies in the face of the truth – it is quite simply false.
    What would be a more accurate assertion is to say that he was a regular and consistent team member with over 240 appearances over 10 years. The information to back of my statement is out there and easily verifiable.
    Coach after coach played him and he was ever present “in squads” prior to the arrival of Conte. Just like Fabregas, he never featured in each and every game he was available for due to squad rotations for various competitions.
    You say Mikel never achieved legend status, why would he? Mikel has himself come out to say that he was at Chelsea “to do a job” consistent with what Moririnho said when he said:”Mikel provides balance to the team”. Players like Mikel Obi, Mikel Agu , Yusuf Ayila and Seyi Olofijana will never in a million years be “Fan favourites” or “club legends” because it is only coaches – not fans – who see the true value and worth of their contributions to team success. They are given instructions and asked to play solely to those boring instructions. When they do, the coach is happy, but fans are frustrated.
    That is why coach after coach for club (except Conte) and country continue to play Mikel much to the frustration of some fans.
    Do you remember what Nacho’s coach (Pellegrini) once said when he was asked why he wasn’t looking around for new strikers, he said “we have enough (including Iheanacho). Under that coach, Iheanacho was a regular squad member and scored a healthy amount of goals so much so that Gary Lineker featured his Man city exploit several times on BBC match of the day.
    The premise of my argument remains. If you feel you are good enough to fight for your place among big boys, then do just that. If however you want to seek smaller teams to hone your skills before attracting bigger clubs, that equally is the player’s prerogative. Nwakali has to decide what he thinks is best for his career at this time and not just be feel that he will automatically fail to break into a big team. With man it may be impossible; with God, all things are possible.

  • in my advising to him is that as he wants to play much more game so must be get away from the Man City for a club where he can play more game in his footballing career.And support to go a club like mid-ranking within the Europeans small teams.