Liam Delap will be promoted to the Manchester City first team roster next season

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Liam Delap will be promoted to the Manchester City first team next season, while Pep Guardiola praises the 18-year-old’s ‘incredible’ progress after Rory’s son was linked with Real Madrid.

  • Liam Delap, 18, got his senior Man City debut in September
  • He has since played two more times for Pep Guardiola’s team
  • Rory Delap’s son was linked with a move to Real Madrid last week
  • But now Guardiola has confirmed that he will be joining the first team next season

Liam Delap will be promoted to the Manchester City first-team squad next season after Pep Guardiola called the teen’s progress as ‘incredible’.

The 18-year-old forward, who is the son of former Republic of Ireland international and long throw specialist Rory Delap, made his senior debut for City earlier this season.

He was linked with a move to Real Madrid last week after scoring 20 goals in just 15 appearances for City’s under-23 team in Premier League 2.

Liam Delap will be promoted to the roster of the Manchester City first team next season

Liam Delap will be promoted to the roster of the Manchester City first team next season

City boss Pep Guardiola is impressed with Delap's 'incredible' progress this season

City boss Pep Guardiola is impressed with Delap's 'incredible' progress this season

City boss Pep Guardiola is impressed with Delap’s ‘incredible’ progress this season

But Guardiola’s promise to join the first team next season could convince Delap, who has a contract until 2023, to stay at the Etihad Stadium.

The City manager said: ‘Liam is doing incredibly well – we are in contact with Enzo Maresca [City’s Elite Development Squad manager] to see how the player develops.

“Next season he will be with us and train with us every day.”

Delap scored on his City debut against Bournemouth in the Carabao Cup in September and then made his Premier League debut against Leicester.

Delap scored on his first appearance for the England under-18 squad against Wales last week

Delap scored on his first appearance for the England under-18 squad against Wales last week

Delap scored on his first appearance for the England under-18 squad against Wales last week

The youngster also scored on his first Senior City appearance, against Bournemouth

The youngster also scored on his first Senior City appearance, against Bournemouth

The youngster also scored on his first Senior City appearance, against Bournemouth

He also played off the bench in City’s FA Cup third-round victory over Birmingham City in January, but played mostly for the under-23 squad this season.

Guardiola has already regularly involved Delap in first-team training sessions and the youngster made his debut for the England under-18s against Wales last week and got on the scoresheet.

The City boss praised the forward’s finish after his debut goal in September.

“He’s a different attacker than we have in terms of physicality,” Guardiola said.

‘During practice we see how good he is as a finisher. Now he has to be calm and keep working.

“We are very happy with his performance – he played very well.”

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