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City loan Lopes to Lille

Manchester City youngster Marcos Lopes has joined Lille on a season-long loan.

Last Updated: 07/07/14 at 17:43 Post Comment

Marcos Lopes: Lille loan move for Manchester City midfielder

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The Portuguese playmaker came to prominence with a starring role for City in last season's Capital One Cup semi-final second leg tie against West Ham, setting up two goals in the 3-0 victory at Upton Park.

He has made four other appearances in cup competitions for the Premier League champions and scored one goal, on his debut against Watford on January 5 2013.

He told mcfc.co.uk: "I feel very happy to have signed because it is a new step in my career and it is a good opportunity for me to develop as a player.

"It is very important for me to play in a professional league for the first time. I think playing in the French League will be very beneficial because it is a league that is getting bigger, better and stronger every year."

Lille finished third in Ligue 1 last season to qualify for the preliminary stages of the Champions League.

And Lopes added: "It would be very exciting to be able to play Champions League football. It would be such a good experience for me to play in that competition, which everyone recognises as the best in European football."

Meanwhile, midfielder Marvin Martin, 26, has signed a two-year contract extension to keep him at Lille until 2019.

Jimi babe, I think you should look up the word ironic.. As it happens, think logically for a second, a player at 31/32 isn't anywhere near as likely to hind a 16 year old development as a ready made 24 year old. As has been repeatedly pointed out to you, our academy isn't even open yet. But still we continue to produce a high level of professional footballer. But, you think City produce f&#k all! care to explain why P Neville's son is at City? How about RVP? Fletcher? They all agree that City's academy is the place to be. So feel free to spout your drivel at them.
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