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From Holland: ‘Astonishment’ as FC Utrecht beat Manchester City to midfield signing

Manchester City have missed out on the signing of highly-rated Lierse SK starlet Othman Boussaid, who was expected to join the ranks of the City Football Academy.

Boussaid, 18, has rejected the chance to join City and several leading clubs in Belgium, opting instead for Eredivisie side FC Utrecht, who finished 5th this season.

A diminutive attacking midfielder standing just 5’4″ (166m) tall, Boussaid is a youth international, having appeared for Belgium at under-17 and under-18 level in the past 14 months.

And according to De Telegraaf in the Netherlands, there is ‘astonishment’ in Belgium that he has snubbed the Premier League champions to instead continue his career in Utrecht. City’s wealth and state-of-the-art facilities rarely see them turned down, let alone to a Dutch side on a modest budget.

Utrecht director of football, Jordy Zuidam, head scout Alje Schut, and Belgian scout Stefaan Tanghe, did everything to get Boussaid to the Eredivisie, with the promise of regular football and the club’s attractive sporting project leading to thus coup.

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