Manchester City have signed one of Wales’ brightest young talents, 16-year-old Rabbi Matondo, from Cardiff City, under controversial new rules that allow clubs with Category One Academy status to move in for top young prospects.
With Cardiff only having Category Two Academy status, they were helpless as City lured Matondo, an exciting attacker, to the state of the art City Football Academy, where he will join one of Europe’s best youth set ups.
According to WalesOnline, City ‘provided a bumper package’ to persuade Matondo to depart the Welsh club, leaving Cardiff upset that they have lost a talent who could one day be worth millions.
Matondo was viewed by some at Cardiff as the best youngster to come through their youth system since Aaron Ramsey, and their loss could be City’s gain.
In addition to featuring for Cardiff’s youth team, Matondo is also a Wales under-17 international. The teenager also qualifies to play for England and could be at the centre of an international tug of war if his rapid development continues.
Manchester City are one of the most active clubs in Britain for youth recruitment, having mopped up most of the best Mancunian talent of late, but they are also bringing in players from afar.
Five top prospects, Benjamin Garré (from Velez Sarsfield), Lorenzo Gonzalez (from Servette), Ian Carlo Poveda (from Brentford), Pawel Sokol (from Korona Kielce) and Louie Moulden (from Liverpool), were signed during the summer.