Dutch side NAC Breda today formally announced they have agreed a partnership with the City Football Group and Manchester City. This collaboration will see City send more players on loan to the club and exchange information on a variety of things such as scouting. Enes Ünal is already flourishing on loan at the Dutch second tier side with seven goals in eight games, while Ghanaian youngster Divine Naah, also on City’s books, has made a positive impression.
Here is the full statement, translated from Dutch:
NAC has formed a unique partnership with the City Football Group, of which Champions League semi finalists Manchester City are also a part.
Through this partnership NAC will have the opportunity to take Manchester City players on loan. There will also be intensive cooperation with scouting, creating a an elite culture, talent development, and an exchange of experience. This partnership is entered into for five seasons.
The first contacts took place in January 2015 when former coach Robert Maaskant looked for loan signings from England. In recent months, contacts with the English Premier League club (City) intensified by CEO Justin Goetzee and technical director Hans Smulders. The starting point was the policy of NAC where they showed the ambition to work with a top club.
NAC has had close contacts with FBO and the KNVB about the partnership and contracts.
Hans Smulders: “This partnership has taken months of work. We are proud that one of the biggest clubs in the world has finally opted for NAC. Both are working class clubs with a rich history. NAC wants to make leaps forward through this fantastic partnership with the City Football Group. They are a leading sparring partner and will help make NAC instantly better.”
“At NAC, the talent has the opportunity to show they can survive in a fully professional football league,” said Smulders. “NAC and City are so confident that the quality of the (loan) players is so high that they will get a lot of playing time. The coach will remain fully responsible for team selection. Furthermore, it is important that we continue to steer a good course with our own youth academy. This partnership must ensure that our young players get better.”
Brian Marwood, Managing Director of City Football Sevices: “We think it is important that our players keep developing in a high-quality and mature league with NAC. With NAC we have found a fantastic club which has the atmosphere and experience that we are looking for. NAC has a progressive vision that is well balanced, with a proud history and loyal supporters. With this partnership our players will enter a challenging soccer environment, giving them the motivation to get better every day and grow into full-fledged football players.”