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Yerson Mosquera chose Wolverhampton Wanderers over Premier League champions Manchester City because of the prospect of first-team football under new Wolves boss Bruno Lage, as reported by The Athletic. 

When you consider no team in England’s top flight handed out more minutes to teenagers last season, you can why the 20-year-old centre-back decided the Black Country was the place to be. 

This week, Mosquera became the first signing of the Bruno Lage era, joining Wolves in a £4.5 million deal from Colombian outfit Atletico Nacional. 

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And it’s worth mentioning Lage, who replaced Nuno Espirito Santo at Molineux earlier this month, is also famed for placing trust in youth.  

His fresh-faced Benfica side – one inspired by wonderkid Joao Felix – tore Portuguese football apart en route to the Primeira Liga title in 2019. 

Is Mosquera better off at Wolves than Manchester City?

Now, Pep Guardiola is no Jose Mourinho. If you’re good enough, you’re old enough – that’s the way the Manchester City manager sees things.  

But when you consider even Aymeric Laporte and Eric Garcia failed to force their way into City’s star-studded side in 2020/21, it’s easy to understand why Mosquera had doubts over whether a move to the Etihad was the right thing for his development. 

According to The Athletic, Mosquera chose first-team football at Wolves over a City side that planned to either loan him out – potentially to one of their many sister clubs – or demote him to the U23s.  

“We’ve been monitoring Yerson for quite a while and there has been a lot of interest from clubs across Europe, including some of the biggest names in the Premier League,” says Wolves technical director Scott Sellars.

“They all see his potential and quality, as do we, but we spoke to him about the pathway we have at the club and he believes Wolves is the best fit for him.

“He’s a centre-back who’s very athletic, very aggressive, very competitive and has a great attitude to defending. He wants to defend, he wants to make tackles and headers, and has great presence in both boxes. But he’s also very good technically and very composed on the ball. 

“Our new head coach, Bruno, has been involved in the process, has looked at the player, and together we feel Yerson has the perfect profile to come in and improve the depth of the squad.”

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