Manchester City will have to make the decision on the James McAtee loan with Rangers leading the hunt for the starlet

Manchester City will make the decision on the James McAtee loan with Rangers leading the hunt for the starlet … But Pep Guardiola wants a teenage midfielder to stay with Etihad

  • Rangers, Swansea and Girona are among the clubs eager to hire James McAtee
  • City would prefer a hired midfielder aside with a similar football philosophy
  • Pep Guardiola is eager to keep the teenager at the Etihad this season
  • McAtee has 18 months left on his contract and has yet to sign a new contract with City
  • The midfielder has attracted interest from a number of Premier League clubs











Manchester City will make a decision over the weekend on whether to sign midfielder James McAtee.

Rangers, Swansea City and Girona are considered to be the frontrunners, with City paying attention to allowing the teenager to join a club with a similar football philosophy.

Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst is an advocate for playing ball possession and is a friend of Pep Guardiola.

Manchester City will make a decision on whether to hire James McAtee

Manchester City will make a decision on whether to hire James McAtee

They share a view on how the game should be played, and that may be the key to City’s decision.

City still need to agree on a new contract with McAtee, known as ‘Salford Silva’, who has 18 months left and he is attracting interest from Premier League rivals such as Leicester City, Aston Villa and Brighton.

Guardiola has been adamant that McAtee should stay and learn from being around the city’s first team environment.

Pep Guardiola wants the teenage midfielder (left) to stay at the Etihad this season

Pep Guardiola wants the teenage midfielder (left) to stay at the Etihad this season

Guardiola believes McAtee can follow in Phil Foden's footsteps if he stays focused

Guardiola believes McAtee can follow in Phil Foden’s footsteps if he stays focused

He believes McAtee can follow the template set by Phil Foden if he stays focused.

However, they recognize that McAtee’s desire is to play regular first team football as soon as possible and they can give in to give him his platform.

City, however, still want something to say and a good relationship with the staff of his chosen club will be important as they consider his next move.

Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst is an advocate for playing football in ball possession and is a friend of Guardiola, which could convince City to allow McAtee to leave on loan

Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst is an advocate for playing football in ball possession and is a friend of Guardiola, which could convince City to allow McAtee to leave on loan

City, meanwhile, have allowed 18-year-old defender Finley Burns to come to Swansea City on loan.

Wings player Morgan Rogers is being recalled from Bournemouth due to a lack of first-team action. Huddersfield Town and Blackpool are interested in a new loan deal.

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