Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Messi's Man-Marker Makes Permanent Move Away

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Messi's Man-Marker Makes Permanent Move Away

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CITY defender Pablo Maffeo has signed for Bundesliga side Stuttgart.

The 20-year-old was tipped to break into the Blues' first team after an impressive season on loan at Spanish side Girona, but the club have confirmed he has left on a permanent deal. Maffeo made three appearances for City before spending two seasons on loan at Girona and it was at the La Liga side he really impressed.

He was tasked with man-marking Barcelona star Lionel Messi earlier in the season and although the Catalan giants ran out 3-0 winners, his performance took the headlines with one cartoon picturing the youngster following arguably the world's best player to his bed. Maffeo said: "It took him about two seconds to work out what was happening.

"I had never man-marked anyone before in my life. …

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