“I would like to go back” Former Manchester City wonderkid opens the door to Etihad return

He was Manchester City’s youth golden boy in the Manuel Pellegrini era and Marcos ‘Rony’ Lopes has revealed that he wouldn’t mind another adventure at Manchester City.

Rony, now 22, was sold to AS Monaco in 2015 in a deal worth around £9million and after a slow start to life there, struggling to break into a side that exploded on to the European scene last season, he has truly broken out this campaign with 9 goals and 4 assists in Ligue 1.

In his last six appearances, Lopes has scored six goals, his latest coming against Strasbourg on Friday night as the principality club picked up a 3-1 win.

His former club City had a €30million buy-back clause but that expired in July 2017, so if the Blues had any intention of re-signing their former youth prospect, they would have to negotiate a fee with Monaco.

The topic is relevant because Rony was asked by RMC Sport on Friday if he’d be keen on a return to the Etihad Stadium, while also being asked about his friend Bernardo Silva, who moved to City from Monaco last year.

“I’m happy for Bernardo, he’s a friend and seeing what he’s been doing in recent games with Manchester City is a very good thing,” Lopes told the microphones of Larqué Foot on RMC.

A return to City? Sure I would like to go back, but I am focused on Monaco. I’m fine here.

“I’m very happy for him (Bernardo) and I hope he’ll continue to do beautiful things there.”

Would you like to see Rony Lopes back at Manchester City? City Watch writer Anthony Chapman recently raised the question of whether City let the Portuguese international go too early – and perhaps they did.

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