Manchester City want James McAtee to stay with Pep Guardiola’s squad despite loan interest from Brentford and Swansea after the ‘Salford Silva’ scored a stunning hat-trick in mini derby against United
- James McAtee has drawn comparisons to former City star David Silva
- He scored a hat-trick for Manchester City’s promises against rivals United on Saturday
- A number of Championship clubs, including Swansea City, are interested in him
- But the 18-year-old has chosen to stay after following Pep Guardiola’s advice
Manchester City want talented midfielder James McAtee to stay with their first team despite a number of loan requests.
The stylish playmaker, known as the ‘Salford Silva’, made comparisons to former City star David and formerly worked at Manchester United’s academy.
He even made headlines at the weekend after scoring a stunning hat-trick against United in Saturday’s Manchester mini derby, where City won 4-2.
Manchester City want talented midfielder James McAtee to stay with their first team
The stylish playmaker draws comparisons to former City star David Silva (left)
After moving to City, he continued to impress staff and supporters with his performances, sparking interest from a number of Championship clubs, most notably Swansea City, where boss Russell Martin is revered for his possession style.
However, the 18-year-old, who has now scored seven goals in his last three games, including two hat-tricks, has opted to stay at the club after following the advice of Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.
Liam Delap, Cole Palmer, James McAtee, Luke Mbete, Romeo Lavia. There are five or six guys who will be with us,” Guardiola said.
He made headlines over the weekend after scoring a stunning hat-trick against Man United
“We did the same process with Tommy Doyle,” the City manager explains. ‘It’s just like Phil [Foden]when he came to us. (He) trained with us and played with the second team. It is the best way to assist in their development.
“The problem with academies is the distance between their league and the Premier League. It’s too big. And it’s really hard to promote them from here.
“That’s why the best way for players we think have potential is to be with us.”
Aside from Swansea City, McAtee also had interest from Brentford, Blackburn Rovers, Derby County, Nottingham Forest, Sunderland and a number of Dutch Eredivisie clubs.
Russell Martin’s Swansea City interested but Pep Guardiola urged McAtee to stay put
As Guardiola outlines his plans for City’s emerging talent, McAtee now hopes his decision to stay with the club’s first team and train will give him the chance to showcase his skills during this season’s Carabao Cup campaign .
That kicks off against Wycombe next month, and McAtee will aim to follow in the footsteps of Foden and other academy graduates.
Meanwhile, the club is set to honor City greats Colin Bell, Mike Summerbee and Franny Lee with statues outside the Etihad Stadium.