South Africa U17 captain heads to Manchester City for two-week trial

Manchester City have taken South African youth international goalkeeper Constandino ‘Costi’ Christodoulou on a two-week trial.

The 17-year-old plays for Maritzburg United and is the captain of South Africa’s under-17, who he represented in the Cosafa Championship in Mauritius in July.

Considered one of the country’s best young prospects, Costi flew to England at the weekend to watch the Manchester derby, where his potential future club Manchester City beat Manchester United, and began his trial on Monday.

City have completed all legal documentation required to take the goalkeeper on trial and should he impress over the two weeks, it could lead to him being offered a permanent deal with the Premier League champions.

The Blues are renowned for producing and developing good young goalkeepers, with Angus Gunn a recent example, the England under-21 international joining Southampton in a £13.5 million deal during the summer transfer window.

And if he impresses, Constandino Christodoulou, who City scouts have been monitoring since he was 15, could be next in line to benefit from the City Football Academy training facilities.

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