Manchester City winger Brandon Barker has told the Manchester Evening News that he wants more minutes in the first team this pre-season, amid interest from Leeds.
Barker, 18, has come up through the ranks at City, who have struggled to bring through their own youth players in recent years.
However, winger Barker is one of their biggest hopes, and it's clear just how much manager Manuel Pellegrini rates him, given that he is currently out in Australia on a tour with City.
Barker even scored the opening goal in today's 2-0 win over Adelaide United, again demonstrating his talent - and he has told the Manchester Evening News that he is keen to get first team minutes under his belt with City this summer.
"I really want some more minutes to show what I can do," said Barker. "It’s been really good to have my first pre-season with the first-team - it’s been very, very tough too. We’ve got through three really hard days with triple sessions and there’s more to come before the games."
HITC sources recently stated that Leeds United are in the running to sign Barker on loan for the upcoming Championship season, and whilst Barker may be trying to make an impression, the arrival of Raheem Sterling at Manchester City could tempt the Blues into loaning their teenage winger out this summer.
Winger - Leeds' next priority?
New Leeds boss Uwe Rosler - who used to play for Manchester City - has enjoyed a very sensible, calculated summer so far.
Defender Sol Bamba, midfielder Tom Adeyemi and striker Chris Wood all bring Championship experience to Elland Road, whilst goalkeeper Charlie Horton and forward Lee Erwin have great potential.
However, Rosler must now fill in a couple more gaps in the Leeds side, and that includes on the wing. The Whites have little to no options that can play out wide proficiently, and a season-long loan for Barker would certainly make sense.
The youngster would be able to play on a regular basis considering Leeds' lack of alternatives, giving him vital playing time before returning to the Etihad Stadium to try and make an impression on the first team - just as Jason Denayer is attempting to do after his loan with Celtic last season.