Dutch challenge awaits Manchester City defender

George Swan. Picture courtesy of Manchester City
George Swan. Picture courtesy of Manchester City
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MANCHESTER City academy defender George Swan is hoping that he can help his team to victory in a high-profile football tournament in the Netherlands before jetting off for a loan spell in Norway.

The 17 year-old will hook-up with Strømsgodset next month to gain valuable experience with the side currently sitting pretty at the top of the Norwegian Eliteserien table.

However, it is City’s campaign in the 59th ADO Den Haag Youth Tournament later this month that is top priority for Swan, who has made a successful come-back from a knee injury.

He said: “I am really looking forward to going to Norway but the tournament in Holland will give me some great experience.

“I have been playing in U17s games for City, building up match fitness and playing for the full 80 minutes and that has been really valuable.

“I’ve lost a bit of weight and feel a lot fitter now so hopefully I can now look forward to breaking into the reserves next season.”

The young Citizens’ squad will take on hosts ADO Den Haag, Brazilian side Cruzeiro and a strong Scotland U20s side in Group A of the tournament, which kicks-off on Friday, May 25.

Club Brugge and Borussia Mönchengladbach will face national teams from Mexico and Kazakhstan in Group B.

Lifting the winners’ trophy in Holland will be the second tournament success in quick succession for Swan, who helped City defeat Al Ain and Inter Milan en route to victory in the Junior International, played in the UAE last month.

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