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16-year-old wonderkid Rabbi Matondo finally cleared to play for Manchester City

Manchester City have finally been cleared to play Wales under-17 international Rabbi Matondo, signed recently from Cardiff City for an initial fee of £500,000.

The 16-year-old was supposed to join earlier in the season, but The Sun reports that he has only just been cleared to play for City’s youth team.

Matondo was viewed by some at Cardiff as the best youngster to come through their youth system since Aaron Ramsey, and he joins an already enviable list of elite young talent at the City Football Academy.

Like Ryan Giggs, Matondo originally represented England at under-15 level before switching his allegiance to Wales, who he now represents at under-17 level.

City fended off interest from Chelsea to sign Ratondo, winning a battle between the two best academies in the country to land the teenage attacker.

Despite having arguably the best academy set-up in the country now, City continue to add new players to the ranks, and the recent signing of 13-year-old Finley Burns from Southend for a record fee again showed just how serious and aggressive City have become about recruiting the best young talent available.

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