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Manchester City still in the hunt for ‘very talented’ United Arab Emirates youngster Omar Abdulrahman

By Paddy von Behr

Manchester City are still hot on the heels of 21-year-old United Arab Emirates international Omar Abdulrahman, according to their academy chief.

The Al-Ain winger joined City on trial for two weeks in August, after he impressed a number of scouts with his performances at the London 2012 Olympics.

And Brian Marwood revealed the Premier League champions are still keeping a watchful eye on the exciting youngster.

“He is a very talented young player,” Marwood told Sport360.

“We had seen him at various tournaments, but obviously we saw him closer to home at the Olympics and he did very, very well.

“Our chairman organised for him to come over and spend some time with us. I think he enjoyed the experience and we enjoyed having him with us.”

Work permit regulations prevented City from striking a deal in the summer and Abdulrahman returned to the UAE.

However, he is still on Marwood’s radar and City’s academy chief is hopeful of securing a deal for the 21-year-old in the future.

He added: “There are some real challenges getting a player like him to be able to play in England, which is very frustrating because it’s one that we would seriously look at.

“But we continue to monitor him, we keep in touch with him, we are aware of how he’s developing.

“He’s come back here and done very well and is a real talent.”

Marwood was speaking at a football development workshop, hosted by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council.

Image courtesy of FootballUAE, via YouTube, with thanks

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