In surprising news, Manchester City academy star Pablo Maffeo has left Man City and joined German club VfB Stuttgart. The fee is expected to be around €9 million (£7.9m/$10.7m). Maffeo has been on loan at Girona FC, which is owned by the City football group. He has endured a wonderful season, wracking up 17 appearances in La Liga, as well as helping Girona FC secure safety next season.
The news wasn’t taken well amongst City fans. Most believed Maffeo to be one of the best players to come out of the City Academy. During his time at Girona FC, he really has blossomed into a good fullback. He received noticeable recognition for his efforts on marking Messi when Girona played Barcelona.
The 20 year old right back will sign a 5 year deal with Stuttgart and will join the club once the summer transfer window opens.
Maffeo has made just three appearances for Man City since joining from Espanyol back in 2013. He has been on loan at Girona FC for three consecutive seasons, which started back during the 2015-2016 season, when Girona were in the second division, up until the 2017-18 season when Girona were promoted to La Liga. Girona FC director Quique Carcel thanked Maffeo for his time at the club, saying
“Pablo Maffeo has been one of the integral pieces of the team in the last few seasons,” said Carcel. ”We are very fortunate to have been able to count on him for the last three years and to have contributed to his growth as a player.
”I would like to thank him personally and in the name of the club for his effort, as well as wish him all the success in the future.”
Many City fans and people in the media were speculating that Pep Guardiola would integrate Maffeo into the senior team for next season. Most expected him to be brought for the summer competition in the United States. With the departure of Maffeo, it is likely that Kyle Walker and Danilo will continue to hold the reigns at the right back position.
We wish Pablo Maffeo well on his new endeavors.