Scapuzzi moves out; Boyata returns

Johannes Simon

Per the MEN:

Premier League champions Manchester City have recalled Dedryck Boyata from his loan at Eredivisie side FC Twente.

A statement on City's official website read: "The Belgian defender could well continue his education at another club in the coming weeks having played just eight games for Steve McLaren's side."

The 22-year-old spent also last season on loan with Bolton, but was unable to prevent the Trotters being relegated to the npower Championship.

City have also revealed that Italian striker Luca Scapuzzi, 21, has joined Serie B side AS Varese on loan until the end of the season.

Scapuzzi's move is neither here nor there I suppose as it is inconceivable that he ever threatens a starting (or even squad) position at City but it is another setback for Boyata.

The Belgian came through highly rated a few seasons ago and broke in under Roberto Mancini but his dismissal in this game against Arsenal seemed to set him back (certainly in Mancini's eyes) and he subsequently moved to both Bolton and then Twente on loan, ostensibly to see him gain experience and return a more experienced and rounded player.

However, struggles at Bolton followed and he now returns having made just eight appearances (and none in recent weeks) and it is of interest to see where he may now be loaned to.

Time is of course on his side but this will not be finite and you feel that over the next 12-18 months Boyata - wherever he may be playing his football - needs to take that next step in order to assure his future at City.

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