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Manchester City scout Romain Poirot heading to French club Saint-Étienne

The Etihad Stadium is pictured in Manchester, northern England, on December 6, 2016, ahead of the UEFA Champions League group C football match between Manchester City and Celtic. / AFP / Oli SCARFF        (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)

Manchester City look set to lose French-based scout, Romain Poirot, to Ligue 1 side AS Saint-Étienne, club president Romain Poirot has told Peuple-Vert.fr.

Poirot, who has the title of ‘European Scouting Consultant at City Football Group’, should follow Manchester United scout David Friio to Saint-Étienne, meaning Les Verts have pulled off a double coup from Manchester in improving their talent-spotting network.

Poirot previously worked for Nottingham Forest from 2008 until 2010, before joining Manchester City. The circumstances of his departure aren’t known, but City’s scouting network is large and impressive, so they are sure to have a replacement lined up if one hasn’t already been put to work.

Poirot recently told L’Equipe that France is “the new Brazil” due to the huge numbers of talented players coming through the youth systems. With the likes of Kylian Mbappé, Ousmane Dembélé, Paul Pogba and Adrien Rabiot bursting on to the scene in recent times, it’s hard to argue with that.

Given his long stint at City, it is possible that Poirot played some part in the recruitment of Seko Fofana, Olivier Ntcham, Thierry Ambrose and David Faupala from French academies. PSG defender, Dan-Axel Zagadou, considered to be one of the best teenager centre-halves in the world, is also thought to be on his way to the Etihad.

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