New York City FC keen to extend Manchester City loanee Shay Facey's spell

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The 20-year-old defender's MLS stint is due to end on June 30 but head coach Jason Kreis would like to see him stay.

New York City FC are keen to extend Manchester City defender Shay Facey’s loan spell, head coach Jason Kreis has told MLSsoccer.com.

Facey, 20, joined the Blues’ sister club on a three-month loan deal prior to the start of their inaugural MLS campaign, having impressed as a preseason trialist, but his stint has been somewhat disrupted so far.

The former England Under-19 international has missed several games with a knock, picked up a one-match suspension after being sent off in his first professional start and had to make a brief return to Manchester last month to deal with a family bereavement.

The absences mean he has made just two starts and two substitute appearances for the club ahead of his spell ending on June 30 but Kreis is still eager to keep him until the end of the 2015 season.

“We haven’t had any conversations in and around that yet. I think we will very soon,” he said. “From our point of view we would like to see him stay. He’s a quality player who adds a little bit of a different element to our group. We appreciate everything he’s done.”

Facey is still to make his first-team bow for his parent club but has been a regular for their Elite Development Squad in recent campaigns, making 34 appearances in all competitions last season as vice-captain.

The right-back-cum-central-defender faces an obvious battle to break into the senior squad back at the Etihad Stadium but believes his time in the States will stand him in good stead for when he does return – whether that be this summer or in the winter.

“Training in a first team environment is a massive step coming from reserve football,” said Facey. “A league as competitive as MLS is is really pushing me and hopefully at some point I’ll move to central [defense] because that’s my preferred playing position, but for now no matter where I play the experience I’m gaining is massive.

“I just want to get as many games in as possible and as many good performances as I can to take me back into maybe a preseason with the first team back home or an extension for the second part of the season here in New York.”

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