Manchester City send Spaniard out on loan to Alavés

La Liga club Deportivo Alavés have announced the signing of 24-year-old forward Rubén Sobrino from Manchester City on loan for the 2016-17 season with the option to extend that by another year.

Sobrino, signed by City a year ago for £200,000 from Ponferradina, has attracted plenty of interest from across Europe after spending last season on loan at Girona.

After reaching Real Madrid Castilla, he was part of Carlo Ancelotti’s pre-season with the first time in 2014-15, before heading to Ponferradina. There, he caught the eye of Manchester City scouts, and was signed before heading to Girona on loan to support their ultimately unsuccessful quest for promotion.

Rather than return to City’s partner club, he instead joins last season’s Segunda División champions, enabling him to play in Spain’s top flight this coming season. Alavés’ official statement reads: ‘The striker from Manchester City will offer his offensive versatility to the team.’

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