When he joined Manchester City from Malmö FF in 2013, Swedish forward Zackarias Faour had one of those labels attached to him that no young player wants or needs. Dubbed the “new Ibrahimovic” by the media, Faour chose City after the likes of Real Madrid, Chelsea and Arsenal had shown interest.
Hasan Cetinkaya, Faour’s player’s agent, told Sportbladet in 2014: “City rank him as one of the best in the world at his age level. He is the kind of player that all of the big teams are after.”
Unfortunately, not all wonderkids develop in the same way and after several years in City’s youth system, Faour was loaned to Danish side FC Midtjylland last summer with the club having an option to buy.
After playing for Midtjylland’s youth team, he was relocated to another Danish side, FC Nordsjälland, in January of this year, where again his football was mostly played at youth level.
Faour is now back at Manchester City following his time in Denmark, and according to Swedish news portal FotbollDirekt, the 19-year-old could be set to return to Sweden with four unnamed Allsvenskan interested in recruiting him.
The striker has one more year left on his City deal and another move is on the cards in this transfer window, with two of the four Swedish clubs said to be prolific in developing young talent. And it is reported that Faour is open to a return to his homeland after a number of years away.