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Manchester City youngster says he is ready for the next step in Europe

Manchester City youngster Yangel Herrera is currently in the second year of an extended loan spell at City Football Group partner club New York City FC, and is looking ahead to the future.

The 20-year-old midfielder has been excellent under the tutelage of Patrick Vieira having joined NYCFC immediately after joining Man City from Atlético Venezuela in 2016.

And he is now eyeing the next step of his career, which is a move to Europe. City rejected an approach from Lyon last summer for him, wanting the Venezuelan international to continue his development in the Big Apple – but come the end of the current MLS season, Herrera looks set for a new move.

“I am ready for Europe. I feel good and I would really like to make the jump,” he said to journalist Luis Suarez (no relation) as quoted by AS.

Yangel has expanded his skill set in America, becoming more of an offensive-minded midfielder.

“Here I play as an attacking midfielder, while for Venezula I play as a pivot,” he explained. “But to me the role is similar because I can play both well.”

He also credits former Manchester City EDS coach Patrick Vieira as playing a big part in his development.

“Besides being a great player, he is a great coach and a great person. He has helped me a lot since I’ve been here.”

Herrera will be a player in demand when he finally makes the trip to Europe. With a work permit still unlikely in England, the chances of him featuring for City are slim, but another partner club like Girona FC may want to make use of his talents.

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