Manchester City have been sending packs of young players to Dutch side NAC Breda and so far, you’d have to say it has worked out quite well, with the likes of Manu García helping them win promotion to the Dutch top-flight last season.
The City Football Group partner club are involved in a relegation scrap this year, but arguably their three best performers – Angeliño, Thierry Ambrose and Manu García – are on loan from the Etihad.
More can be expected to follow in future, and one City-developed youngster, James Horsfield, even joined the Dutch side on a permanent deal in the summer.
There are mutual benefits for both clubs, but what hadn’t been expected is that anyone from the Dutch minnows would join the wealthy Premier League giants.
However, a young video analyst has proven that idea wrong. City have acquired NAC’s ‘secret weapon’ Piet Cremers, BN DeStem journalist Yadran Blanco has revealed today.
— Yadran Blanco (@yadranblanco) January 10, 2018
Cremers will begin work at City from next Monday and will be assigned to the Elite Development Squad, working with young players on the cusp of stepping up to senior level football.
The Dutchman has signed for an indefinite period of time, after only penning a three-year contract with NAC Breda in the summer. City have also paid a fee to their partner club for his services.
Piet Cremers is the first person to go the opposite way after City have dispatched many young players to Breda.