The Manchester City fans in the Transfer Tavern were delighted with Oleksandr Zinchenko’s development at the club last season, but recent reports have given them reason to believe his career with the club is coming to an end.
According to recent reports in The Times, Man City are set to open contract negotiations with Phil Foden at the beginning of June over a deal which would see him agree to a 5-year stay in Manchester. The same report claims that Pep Guardiola will not allow the 18-year-old wonderkid to leave the club on loan next season as he believes staying in Manchester is the best place for his development.
Considering the plethora of quality City have within their squad, it’s easy to understand why Guardiola holds that opinion. It’s also likely that City’s boss believes his personal development will benefit from working under his guidance and learning the game through his unique training regimes which have already produced tangible improvements from the likes of Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane.
With Riyad Mahrez also widely expected to arrive at the Etihad Stadium very shortly, it appears that Oleksandr Zinchenko’s career is likely to be played away from Man City. Although the Ukraine international featured at left-back on a handful of occasions last season, he is conventionally an attacking-midfielder by trade.
However, Benjamin Mendy’s return to full-fitness will leave him surplus to requirements in that position next season with Fabian Delph and Danilo also on hand to cover the France international, whilst breaking into Guardiola’s first-team plans further forward appears an incredibly daunting task for the 21-year-old.
Foden’s new deal will almost certainly usher in a whole host of new opportunities for Guardiola’s prodigy and, with Mahrez adding further competition in midfield, it’s difficult to see where Zinechnko fits into the equation.
Our resident Citizens faithful have been pleased with Zinchenko’s progress this season, but it seems unlikely that he will represent anything more than a back-up player next season, so he should seek a new challenge this summer in order to continue his development within a club who can offer him regular first-team opportunities.
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