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Academy Woes, Part 2? Manchester City Could Lose Another Starlet To The Bundesliga

Pep faces another academy loss

Manchester City v Liverpool - UEFA Youth League Quarter-Final Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Manchester City are still hopeful that young midfielder Rabbi Matondo will sign a new contract with the club, despite his refusal of their opening offer and new found interest from a wide range of Bundesliga sides.

18-year-old Wales international has rejected the first contract offer with teams like Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Borussia Monchengladbach and RB Leipzig hoping to take advantage of Matondo’s contract situation at City.

Current deal expires at the end of next season and with new reports that he has already decided to leave for Germany, the club is in a precarious spot.

Following Jadon Sancho’s move from City to Dortmund in 2017, Bayern are chasing Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi as what seems to be a new business strategy of trying to recruit young players ready to make an impact at senior level for a cut price. Most of those players coming from England’s academies.

City have also lost Spanish prospect Brahim Diaz to Real Madrid this month after the 18-year-old made it known that he would not extend his deal because he did not believe he would get enough first-team playing opportunities.

The Premier League champions agreed to sell Brahim to Madrid for an initial fee of £16.5 million ($21m), possibly rising to £22m ($28m) depending on bonuses.

The Blues now face a similar decision over Matondo if the midfielder continues to refuse to extend his contract.

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