Manchester City midfielder completes loan move to Lille

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Manchester City midfielder Marco Lopes will join Ligue 1 side Lille for the forthcoming season.

18-year-old Marco Lopes will have a great opportunity to test himself at a high level next season as he will turn out for Lille in Ligue 1.

The attacking midfielder revealed the news on his Twitter account and it was accompanied with a picture of him putting pen to paper. Lopes has been at Manchester City since 2011 after joining from Benfica and although he has yet to appear in the Premier League he has impressed in cup competitions.

In the 2012-2013 season he came on as an 88th minute substitute for David Silva in a third-round FA Cup clash with Watford. It only took him two minutes to score and that made him the club's youngest ever goalscorer in a competitive match at the age of just 17 years and nine days.

He played one more game in the FA Cup last season but also starred in the Capital One Cup which City went on to win. He started the second leg of the semi-final against West Ham United and came away with two assists as City won 3-0 on the night and 9-0 on aggregate.

His record for the Portuguese youth teams is admirable as well; for the Under-19's he scored eleven goals in just 16 games and has since gone on to play for the Under-21 side.

Lille finished third in Ligue 1 last season and will go into the third qualifying round of the Champions League. If they can get through to the group stage then Lopes will be able to get some vital experience that will stand him in good stead on his return to Manchester City. It could turn out to be an epochal move for the 18-year-old.

 

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