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Manchester City scouts among 21 clubs present on observation mission at UEFA Conference League clash



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Premier League champions Manchester City sent representatives from their scouting department to monitor talent at one of Thursday’s UEFA Conference League matches.

The Etihad club continue in their search for the next best talents in the global game, and alongside the City Football Group believe they are the best placed to develop players in comfortable environments with the very best staff and facilities.

That continued search and subsequent investment in foundations for long-term success within the City Football Group continued in recent weeks, with Manchester City’s parent company unveiling a brand new City Football Academy for Serie B side Palermo.

Alongside the construction of new state-of-the-art training grounds, City also insist on being in position to monitor players in-person at all levels of the game, with their latest search taking them into Europe’s third tier of continental tournament over in Belgium.

As per information relayed by Scouts in Attendance on X, Manchester City found themselves among 12 other Premier League clubs at Club Brugge against PAOK in the UEFA Conference League on Thursday night.

Title rivals Arsenal and Liverpool joined officials from the Etihad Stadium, while Manchester United, Tottenham, Chelsea, West Ham, Aston Villa, Bournemouth, Brighton, Brentford, and Fulham made up the remaining English contingent.

Sides from across the continent also sat alongside their Premier League counterparts, with the report going on to reveal a list of nine other teams present: AC Milan, Inter, Juventus, Fiorentina, Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen, Sevilla, Ajax, and RB Leipzig.

It remains unknown whether Manchester City were in attendance in Brugge to monitor any specific names, however it was the hosts who came out on top on the evening, and will now take a crucial advantage into the second-leg in Greece.

24-year-old Norwegian midfielder Hugo Vetlesen secured the all-important winning goal for Club Brugge just six minutes into the contest, while midfield teammates Raphael Onyedika and the hosts’ captain Hans Vanaken also starred.

As for the visitors, 36-year-old winger Taison put together a commendable performance, although Manchester City are highly unlikely to be interested in investment for the veteran attacker.