The highly-rated young defender will complete the season move to Belgium, while the striker is unlikely to return when he is watched by German clubs.
Manchester City defender Taylor Harwood-Bellis is set to join Belgian club Anderlecht on loan for the entire season. purpose I can confirm.
The 19-year-old, who made eight appearances for Pep Guardiola’s side, spent the last three months of last season on loan at championship club Blackburn Rovers.
Stockport native Harwood Bellis signed a new four-year deal in December and impressed with his loan at Blackburn, establishing himself as a first-team player.
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Guardiola praised Harwood-Bellis and said the center-back will gain valuable experience from the loan before moving to Blackburn in February.
“He will play good competitions in a good historical team, he will play with real opponents,” said Guardiola. “The academy is good for a short time, but he needs to grow as a player, and he has few minutes here, in the first squad.
“He trained with us for two seasons and there are other young guys training in their first season. This is the best way to see him in good competition. “
The England player has made 19 appearances for Blackburn and the move to Belgium should further enhance his development.
Harwood Bellis will now have the opportunity to work under City legend Vincent Company, who took over as coach in August 2020. The 35-year-old City captain has won four Premier League titles and maintains strong ties with his former club.
Germany U21 player Lucas Nmecha spent last season on loan at Anderlecht and became the club’s top scorer, finishing third in the Jupiler League.
The future of Nmechi
The 22-year-old has just one year of contract with City and is expected to retire permanently in the summer.
He was watched by several Bundeliga clubs, including RB Leipzig, Stuttgart and Eintracht Frankfurt, among the clubs associated with his move.
Nmecha further solidified his reputation by playing a major role in the U21 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, where he scored the only goal in the final against Portugal.
Following a bad loan at Wolfsburg and Middlesbrough where he failed to score, Nmecha scored 21 goals in 41 appearances for Anderlecht last season.
The striker is believed to be valued at approximately £ 15 million ($ 20 million) and is one of the many minor players who may leave the club.