Manchester City will not be sending any of their youngsters on loan to Leeds United according to a report.
According to a report from ESPN, Manchester City have no intention of sending their next generation to Leeds United despite recent suggestions to the contrary.
Ever since Leeds appointed Marcelo Bielsa as their new manager, the rumour mill has gone into overdrive in relation to possible targets, and the Argentine’s close relationship with Pep Guardiola had some claiming loan deals for the next generation of great players were well on the way.
However, ESPN believes City will not be loaning anyone to Leeds and will instead continue their relationships with the feeder clubs that have served them well in the past, which comes as a blow to those Whites fans hoping to see some inspired temporary moves this summer.
If the claim is true, it is somewhat short-sighted of the Premier League side, with Patrick Roberts proving what he can do when playing closer to home and Leeds’ likely promotion push giving the teenagers an ideal chance to shine.
Loaning players to Leeds would mean they acclimatise quicker to the rigours of English football and there are few better coaches to learn from than Bielsa; a man Guardiola cites as an inspiration.
Whatever happens this summer, expect Leeds to make a real splash in the transfer market and, if they are promoted with their own youngsters rather than someone else’s, it will be that much sweeter.