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Manchester City have named loanee Frank Lampard in their 21-man Champions League squad for the season as expected, but there’s no room for the out-of-favour Scott Sinclair.
Deemed surplus to requirements by Manuel Pellegrini, the winger was named in the club’s 25-man Premier League squad earlier this week, after they failed to offload him before the transfer deadline.
However, with City only permitted 21 names in their European A squad rather than the usual 25 as a sanction for breaching UEFA's financial fair play regulations, it means first-team cuts had to be made.
Fellow misfit Matija Nastasic wasn’t included on the A squad either, but will still be able to feature as he qualifies for the B squad due to his age.
Elsewhere, the club are hoping they’ve uncovered their next star playmaker, in the form of Japanese youngster Masashi Wada.
The teenage prospect has been spending time with City from home club Yokohama F Marinos, who the Blues brought a minority stake in earlier this year, and has already featured for the under-18 side.
Academy chief Mark Allen said: ‘He's settled in very well and he's done very well in the training sessions.
‘It's the reverse of what we're trying to do with a lot of our lads in terms of taking them on European games and giving them that experience of travel, different time zones, different culture so he's had to cope with all of those which I'm sure can only help him.
‘We can help them, if they're going to play in the Premier League, they'll have to improve whether it's tactical, technical, physical,’ he added. ‘Usually they are technically very good and Wada falls into that category.
‘It's part of the development then to look at what would make him a Premier League player.’
Wada, meanwhile, wants to emulate one of City’s core players, David Silva, who he sees as a role model to style his game after.
‘David Silva is a player whose physique is similar to Japanese players,’ he said. ‘He is not physically big but his ability to hold up the ball and pass precisely and his usage of his body is top level. I see him as an example of how I should play and I think he's a really good player.’
It remains to be seen whether Wada’s future eventually lies at the Etihad but, based on the reports, signs are certainly promising.