City snap up teen starlet.
Manchester City have snapped up Le Havre midfielder Jules Olivier Ntcham.
Ntcham, who also attracted interest from Inter Milan, has penned a four-year deal at the Etihad Stadium.
The promising 16-year-old becomes the second starlet to trade Le Havre for Manchester in recent years after Paul Pogba, now of Juventus, joined Manchester United in 2009.
Ntcham is highly rated in his homeland and currently captains France’s under-16 side.
So, no new faces at the Etihad all summer and then suddenly two come along at once.
City have followed up the signing of Everton’s Jack Rodwell with the capture of Le Havre midfielder Jules Olivier Ntcham. Ok, so he’s not Robin van Persie, Daniel Agger or Edinson Cavani but at least it’s something.
Ntcham is unlikely to appease disgruntled boss Roberto Mancini (who is unhappy at the lack of big business done by the Premier League Champions this summer) but his arrival is another clear indication that City are wary of Financial Fair Play and looking to the future.
The Eastlands outfit have the financial clout to buy anyone in world football, barring perhaps the untouchables like Leo Messi, so bothering with a 16-year-old prospect seems strange.
But somewhere down the line, the Premier League giants are going to have to prove they are financially responsible or face a hefty punishment from FIFA. Buying promising youngsters is clearly the best way to go about this.
It is also the reason that the club’s Football Administrator Brian Marwood is refusing to sanction a mega-bucks deal for a forward, until Emmanuel Adebayor and Roque Santa-Cruz have left the club.
While some will argue it’s sad to see youngsters prized from their hometown clubs at such a young age, at least City are bringing promising starlets through the club’s youth teams, rather than simply spending big and recklessly when they do become established.
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