Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Blues Facing Fight to Keep Teen out of Bundesliga

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Blues Facing Fight to Keep Teen out of Bundesliga

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CITY have opened contract negotiations with academy product Matt Smith but could lose the Wales international to the Bundesliga.

The 19-year-old, who is on a season-long loan at Dutch side FC Twente, is the subject of interest from top German clubs, Premier League and higher-end Championship teams.

Smith is into the last 18 months of his contract at the Etihad stadium and while City are understood to be desperate to retain his services, sources close to the deal have told M.E.N. Sport that the offer of a new contract has still to be made.

The Blues lost Jadon Sancho to Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2017 as the winger sought regular first-team exposure, and it is understood that Smith would not be averse to a Bundesliga move himself.

City recently sold Brahim Díaz to Real Madrid after the winger grew frustrated by a lack of opportunities, and it is thought Smith is realistic about his chances of getting into Pep Guardiola's first-team in the near future. …

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