Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Boy Blues Have Chance to Shine in Summer

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Boy Blues Have Chance to Shine in Summer

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CITY'S young hopefuls may get a big chance to impress Pep Guardiola this summer … thanks to the World Cup.

The Blues are expected to gather for pre-season training in early July - BEFORE the World Cup final on July 15.

And with a summer tour of the USA beginning shortly after the showpiece in Moscow, the Blues coaching staff will be casting a careful eye over several players who have been out on loan, or otherwise on the fringes of the first-team squad this season.

That means right-back Pablo Maffeo, perhaps the biggest success after a fine season with Girona in La Liga, will get his chance to land a place in the tour squad.

Bersant Celina has also done well at Ipswich, while midfielder Manu Garcia has been NAC Breda's best player. But the promotion of Aleks Zinchenko last summer was proof that, even if your loan spell has not gone too well, Guardiola will judge you more by what you show on the City training ground. …

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