Manchester City youngster switches nations and becomes Kosovo national team player

Manchester City goalkeeper Aro Muric has pledged his international future to Kosovo, despite representing Montenegro at under-21 level, the Kosovo Football Federation has announced.

The highly-rated shot-stopper was recently recalled from a loan spell at NAC Breda following a serious injury to Claudio Bravo and was on the bench against Wolves at weekend, effectively confirming him as City’s number two goalkeeper while the Chilean is sidelined.

And Muric, who could play some domestic cup games if Guardiola sticks with his rotation policy, will soon be playing senior football at international level having switched allegiances to Kosovo and following in the footsteps of two other City academy graduates – Bersant Celina and the now-retired Sinan Bytyqi.

The official statement credits the ‘incessent efforts’ of former President Fadil Vokrri and current President Agim Ademi for bringing Muric to the Kosovan national team, which has searched Europe for player’s with the eligibility to represent them since joining UEFA and FIFA in May 2016.

Murich was born in Zürich, Switzerland, to Albanian parents from Rožaje, meaning he could potentially have represented FIVE national teams, but has opted for Kosovo who are looking to make a mark on the international stage.

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