“Not possible without City” NAC Breda chief praises Manchester City partnership

NAC Breda technical director Hans Smulders has spokenly positively of the Dutch side’s ongoing partnership with Manchester City, which led to another group of players joining on loan this summer.

Paolo Fernandes was the only loan player from last season to return to the Rat Verlegh Stadion for the 2018-19 campaign, and has been joined by a new cast of City youngsters – Aro Muric, Erik Palmer-Brown and Luka Ilić – the latter of whom registered an assist in NAC’s 3-0 win over De Graafschap at the weekend.

The link-up with City has not just seen players head to the Netherlands on loan though, but also an improvement in NAC’s infrastructure.

“We now have a larger staff with specialists, such as a sports psychologist and a dietitian,” Smulders told De Telegraaf. “That would not have been possible without City or would have occurred much less quickly. That also has an impact on our own boys, who use it.”

And it is a mutually beneficial arrangement, with City receiving a significant transfer fee for Angelino who was sold to PSV Eindhoven in the summer window on the back of a good year at NAC.

Smulders said: “Now they see: gosh, our Angelino has given his career a boost at NAC and earned a top transfer to PSV. The boys have been training with each other, a number of them have grown up together.”

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