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FC Twente snap up young Welsh international on loan from Manchester City

FC Twente have announced the signing of 18-year-old Wales international Matt Smith on a season-long loan deal from Manchester City.

The 18-year-old has been impressive playing for City’s youth team, often captaining the side, and that led to him receiving his first senior call-up for Wales from Ryan Giggs in May, in which he appeared against Mexico.

Matt will continue his development in Enschede with Twente, who were relegated from the Eredivisie to the Eerste Divisie, Dutch football’s second tier, last season.

Smith said on his new move: “I am looking forward to playing for FC Twente. Recently I have seen a lot of the club and I am impressed how massive FC Twente is. It’s fantastic how many supporters continue to support the club, so I’m happy with the chance I get here.”

Ted van Leeuwen, the club’s technical director, was pleased with their new recruit as they look for an instant return to the top division.

“Matthew is one of Manchester City’s better talents,” he said. “He can play in all midfield positions and as a defender. He’s a very elegant, almost un-English player. I am very happy that City have entrusted us with the future of one of their top talents.”

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