With most of Manchester City’s core team enjoying a short summer break after competing in the European Championships and America’s Cup, some youngsters have a chance to impress in the pre-season.
One such player is defender Jan Koutu, who signed with the Blues of Coritiba last summer. With a contract until 2025, the Brazilian appears to be one of the talent the club is touting for the future and carefully developing.
Manchester City’s only pre-season friendly is on Tuesday night against the Preston North End Championship squad, and with so many players unavailable, this gives players like Ian Cote a chance to showcase their talent.
One team that can be watched with great interest is Scottish Premier League giants Celtic.
According to information Sky sports Hoops are hoping to enlist the young man’s services this week through a seasonal loan. However, it is highlighted that they are not the only ones with interest: clubs from Portugal are also interested in a temporary deal.
With the Blues having plenty of opportunities for right-backs in the coming season with Joao Canselo and Kyle Walker, it is very likely that Ian Koutu will be sent on loan to gain experience in a tough league.
Scotland might be the perfect place for him to do this – if he gives him the playing time that Pep Guardiola will undoubtedly want. Probably Manchester City will look for guarantees on this front.
The youngster spent last season on loan from Girona, a Spanish team owned by City Football Group. After 22 appearances in the Segunda Division, Ian Couto returned to the City Football Academy this month for pre-season training.
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