Manchester City have loaned out academy striker Zackarias Faour to FC Midtjylland for the season, with the Danish club having an option to buy.
18-year-old Faour, a Swedish youth international, joined City in early 2014 to much interest, having been labelled the ‘new Zlatan Ibrahimovic’ by the media. As always, such a tag was exaggerated and unfair on such a young player, although the young striker did possess similar characteristics to his compatriot and scored goals for fun before his move to Manchester.
Despite turning down interest from Real Madrid, Juventus and Chelsea, Faour struggled to make an impression in Manchester City’s academy set-up and fell off the radar somewhat in recent times. When naming their squad numbers yesterday, City listed Faour as being out on loan, and his move to the Danish side has been confirmed today.
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Lars Hallengreen, Midtjylland’s head of recruitment, told their official site that he first saw Zackarias play as a 12-year-old for Malmö FF and that he was one of the best strikers of his age group. Hallengreen said the youngster may start in Midtjylland’s reserve team and play in the UEFA Youth League, before stepping up to first team level.
Faour said he wants to develop himself as much as possible and reach Midtjylland’s first team quickly. “I believe in the club and they believe in me,” the 18-year-old added as he prepares for the next stage of his career.