Report: Manchester City's Marcos Lopes could spend another season at Lille

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The French club are reported to have held talks with the Premier League champions about keeping the on-loan midfielder for an additional campaign.

Manchester City loanee Marcos Lopes could be set to remain at Lille past the end of the current campaign, according to French newspaper La Voix du Noir.

Lopes, 19, joined Lille on a season-long loan in the summer, and has since made 16 appearances in Ligue 1 for the club, while adding three goals and one assist.

While the team themselves have endured an indifferent campaign so far, the Brazilian-born midfielder’s performances have stood out as an obvious bright spot, with club director Jean-Michel Vandamme even comparing him to former Les Douges star Eden Hazard.

The club are now said to have begun talks with the Premier League champions about keeping him in France for another season but, with his Blues deal set to expire in 2016, the move would be dependent on a contract extension being agreed.

Arriving at the Etihad Stadium from Benfica in 2011, Lopes would go on to star for both City’s Under-18s and Elite Development Squad over the following seasons, and took just two minutes to score on his professional debut after coming on as a late substitute in a 3-0 FA Cup win at Watford in 2013.

The Portugal Under-21 international has since made just four further first-team appearances for the club, however, with the likes of Samir Nasri and David Silva keeping him out of Manuel Pellegrini’s star-studded squad.

He no doubt possesses enough potential to make the grade with the Citizens but, for the immediate future, another season with Lille looks like it would be the best thing for his development.

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