Of the many youngsters Manchester City have sent on loan to Dutch side NAC Breda, it has been the duo of Angeliño and Manu García who have perhaps made the biggest impression.
Silky midfielder García helped the North Brabant club win promotion to the Eredivisie, Holland’s top flight, last season before returning for a second stint. And Spanish left-back Angeliño has argubaly been the outstanding performer of a campaign that sees the City Football Group partner club embroiled in a relegation scrap.
The performances of the two haven’t gone unnoticed and Voetbal International in the Netherlands reports today that they are attracting interest from ‘big clubs’.
NAC coach Stijn Vreven confirmed that there has been ‘concrete interest’ in the two which could allow Manchester City to cash in for significant transfer fees, but a decision has been made to keep the talented youngsters at NAC Breda for the next six months.
“City see that we have started working with their boys in the right way, that they have made physical and tactical progress, and that they perform every week,” Vreven said.
“These players develop so well and quickly. City value that and they do not want to leave us out in the cold. The mutual respect is enormous.”
Vreven went on to emphasise that the bond between NAC and Manchester City is very strong.
“Let’s be clear: this partnership is first of all a business deal. We get good players, make them better, then they return to City and play or are sold.
“But it is difficult to explain to outsiders just how pure this partnership is – much more than everyone thinks. And I would not say that if I didn’t mean it.”
Despite their struggles, NAC Breda are proving to be a good development ground for City youngsters with more expected to follow in the footsteps of Angeliño, Manu García, Thierry Ambrose, Pablo Marí, Paolo Fernandes and Thomas Agyepong next season.
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