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German prospect signs

CITY have completed the signing of teenage Schalke full-back Nils Zander.

The German youth international is yet to make his senior debut for the Bundesliga outfit but has shown enough in their junior ranks for City manager Mark Hughes to be convinced of his quality.

And, for all the star names Hughes continues to be linked with, the former Wales chief has made 16-year-old Zander his first capture of the summer.

Amidst the headlines linking us with all and sundry throughout the season, the club have quietly added some young European prospects, and the signing of Zander comes on the heels of Loris Karius and French youth player Jeremy Helan.

It wasn't too long ago I posted about the clubs seeming lack of scope in terms of scouting, but recent months definitely suggest a new approach.