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Paris Saint-Germain forward Hervin Ongenda demands move from the French capital

French youngster Hervin Ongenda has apparently made it known to the PSG staff that he would like to leave the Parisian side this summer.

There will be at least one Paris Saint-Germain forward leaving the French capital this summer. It may not be Edinson Cavani to Manchester United or Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Chelsea, but 18-year-old, France Under-21 international, Hervin Ongenda, is set to continue his career away from the Ligue 1 champions next season.

One of the most exciting prospects in the current PSG youth set-up, Ongenda has only managed four appearances in the first-team this season, struggling to win any chances in a very talented PSG front-line, he has even dropped deeper into the midfield trying to get a place in the team.

The player was linked with a move away from the club in January, but Laurent Blanc denied Ongenda a loan move to Ligue 2 side RC Lens, and he has barely featured since the winter transfer window closed.

Reports in France suggest that the young forward has insisted to PSG staff that he would like to play out on loan next season and not continue with his role on the bench. It is a smart move from the forward, he needs to be playing games at this point in his career if he is going to develop into a top striker.

At only 18 he has already won a cap for the France Under-21 squad, after featuring for the Under-16 to Under-20 sides, but his lack of football has seen him lose his place, and with the competition for places in France’s youth sides as fierce as ever, he needs to make a move sooner rather than later.

Ongenda may be tempted to go one further and force a move away from Paris this summer. If he looks at the career paths of fellow PSG youngsters, Jean-Christophe Bahebeck, Neeskens Kebano and Adrien Rabiot, he’ll see a few years spent on loan without ever breaking into the PSG first-team. With the Qatari money funding the continuing search for the best players in Europe, there is a chance that Ongenda’s promise could be ruined and his full potential never realised.

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