Manchester City had released the now Manchester United winger Shola Shoretire as a 10-year-old, after they discovered he had trained with Barcelona while on a family holiday, reports the Daily Mail’s Craig Hope.
It is claimed that at the time, Manchester City staff had concerns over the youngster and, even though they liked the player and held his ability in high regard, decided against keeping him following the incident in Spain.
Shoretire was and still is a promising youngster, now 17. However, it appears his decision to train with the Catalan giants while being on the books at Manchester City had put off the Etihad hierarchy to continue training the young winger.
This may be a decision that Manchester City could come to regret.
The speedy winger only recently made his full senior debut for Manchester United against Newcastle United in the Premier League last weekend, and by all accounts is a key figure in the Old Trafford club's future plans.
As for City, their conveyor belt of young emerging talents doesn't seem to end, with their youth set up consistently delivering prospects to be monitored by first-team coaches.
Ahead of the club's Champions League clash with Borussia Monchengladbach on Wednesday night, 31 players trained with Pep Guardiola - many of whom were promoted up from the academy sides for the session.
The likes of Luke Mbete, James McAtee, Alpha Dionkou, Cole Palmer, Adrian Bernabe, and Liam Delap all trained with the first-team - perhaps hinting at the names which are currently highest in the pecking order of emerging young talents at the club.
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