Manchester City are the dream for one La Liga midfielder, who has history with the club’s ownership and still holds hope of an Etihad Stadium switch, according to reports.
The 25-year-old became one of several names to make the jump from South American football to the highs of Manchester City, having signed for the Premier League giants from Atlético Venezuela in January 2017.
However, upon joining the club, Yangel Herrera completed what would turn out to be the first of five successive loan moves away from Pep Guardiola’s side, having joined Major League Soccer’s New York City FC and making his debut for the club in March 2017.
A spell with New York City was subsequently followed up by moves to Huesca, Granada, Espanyol, and Girona, as Manchester City hoped to see the player’s game develop in the possession-focussed Spanish divisions.
Despite converting his temporary spell with Girona into a permanent agreement this summer, having signed a permanent four-year contract with the City Football Group side, a new report has suggested that an appearance or future with Manchester City may still be a possibility.
According to a new report from Lider, as translated and relayed by Sport Witness this week, Girona’s Yangel Herrera ‘dreamed of’ wearing the Manchester City shirt and being cheered by the ‘demanding stands’ at the Etihad Stadium.
While that opportunity never came around during the time when it was perhaps the closest possibility, Lider report that Herrera’s hope is that the reigning Premier League champions ‘never stopped closely following’ him.
The report continues that alongside ‘mastering his game’ in Spain, the Venezuelan star is ‘waiting for City’, whilst hoping that the highest success in La Liga with Girona this season could ensure ‘the wind will blow in his favour’ to convince Etihad bosses to bring him back.
City are highly likely to be on the look-out for midfield recruits when the January and summer transfer windows reopen for business in 2024, with continued uncertainty around the future of current back-up midfield option Kalvin Phillips.
The England international’s top-level professional playing career has somewhat stagnated since joining Pep Guardiola’s side, and with a European Championships tournament on the horizon with Gareth Southgate’s team, game-time is of upmost importance.
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