Nir Biton sends a message to Manchester City and Tottenham

Nir Biton has just reminded Manchester City and Tottenham to follow up on their interest in him from last summer.

Nir Biton is a memorable name, and those who have seen him play will also not forget him in a hurry.

The midfielder stands at six foot five, but his lanky frame and gangly nature make him appear even taller.

He was in action for Israel's under-21 side in the hosts' opener against Norway yesterday, and made an immediate impact by opening the scoring in an entertaining 2-2 draw.

He will be of particular note to Manchester City fans because last summer he actually played a game for them, alongside Yaya Toure.

The pair cut an intimidating midfield presence in a 2-0 pre-friendly win over Arsenal, the Israeli playing all 90 minutes.

Ultimately City did not pursue their interest in the midfielder, who still plays for Israeli side FC Ashdod and has six senior international caps.

He was then linked with signing for Tottenham, with it claimed his agent held talks with the club over a move.

Now a year older at 21, Biton is clearly hoping to catch the eye and put himself back on the market and clinch a move to one of Europe's top clubs.

He certainly got off to a positive start yesterday in his mission, with his goal, just subtly putting himself back on the radar of any clubs who will have been watching his interest, and it's doubtful Manchester City will have entirely dropped their interest in his development.

Biton, the side's captain, was very much focused post-match on his side giving away a late equaliser in the 2-2 draw.

He said: "It's a good feeling to go down Israel football history. It's a great honour but my goal is not important. We wanted to win and that didn't happen. We have two more games to show what we’ve got and we will do it."

On Saturday he will go up against PSG and Italy's impressive Marco Verratti in midfield, a real test of his ability. The final game against England promises to be intriguing after the two sides failed to win their opening games.

Two more strong performances and playing in front of his home fans in Israel may soon be a rarity rather than a regularity.

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