Manchester City still monitoring UAE international midfielder

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Manchester City have not given up hope of completing the signing of Al-Ain attacking midfielder, Omar Abdulrahman, reports ESPN.

The 21-year-old spent two weeks on trial with the reigning Premier League champions last summer, but work permit restrictions prevented him from sealing a permanent switch to England.

A full international for the United Arab Emirates, Abdulrahman is one of the most highly rated youngsters in his country, and played a starring role at the 2012 London Olympics.

Despite Manchester City's inability to bring the player to the Etihad Stadium, the club's academy chief, Brian Marwood, confirmed they are still monitoring Abdulrahman with a view to a possible future transfer.

"We had seen him at various tournaments," Marwood is quoted by Sport360, speaking at a recent football development workshop, hosted by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council. "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, we enjoyed having him with us. He is a very talented young player.

"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.

"Propose 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."

Manchester City currently lie 12 points behind leaders Manchester United in the race for the Premier League title, and Roberto Mancini will be expected to strengthen his squad again in the summer, as he looks to close the gap on the club's inner city rivals in 2013/14.


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