Report: Manchester City defender Shay Facey set for New York City FC loan

The promising centre-back is reported to be joining the MLS expansion side on a six-month deal.

New York City FC have agreed a six-month loan deal with sister club Manchester City for defender Shay Facey, according to the New York Daily News.

Facey, 20, has been training with NYCFC as a trialist since last month’s start of preseason, and has stood out as one of the MLS expansion side’s most impressive contributors during their recent friendlies.

The central defender, who can also fill in at right-back in a pinch, has earned the praise of head coach Jason Kreis in that time, and now looks set to be the first of a handful of Blues prospects to make a short-term move to the States.

“First and foremost, I like Shay’s spirit, his mentality, he’s a real competitor,” Kreis said after Wednesday night’s 2-1 scrimmage defeat to the Houston Dynamo.

“I think he’s very hungry to be a part of what’s going on here. I think he’s very hungry to move his professional career forward.”

Facey is still to make his first-team bow for the Premier League champions, but has been a regular for the club’s Elite Development Squad in recent campaigns, making 34 appearances in all competitions last season as vice-captain of the side.

The promising defender has also represented England at Under-19 level, and put pen to paper on a new deal at the Etihad Stadium until 2016 last April.

Now with the chance to line up alongside former Barcelona and Spain striker David Villa for the first half of the 2015 campaign which kicks off in two weeks’ time, he told his parent club’s official website earlier this month of his excitement at a potential short-term stint across the pond.

“Patrick [Vieira, EDS coach] and I spoke about it with my representative and we discussed how it could be a good step for me to progress onwards,” he said.

“There's a lot going on and there's a lot of media attention around New York. The players are focused though because it’s not long before the season starts and Jason wants everyone to be ready.”

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