Manchester City academy starlet targets clashes with European giants

George Swan. Picture courtesy of Manchester City
George Swan. Picture courtesy of Manchester City

MANCHESTER City Academy defender George Swan is hoping to take on some of the giants of European football following a successful loan in Norway.

The 17 year-old from Normanton spent June with Strømsgodset, currently riding high at the top of Norway’s top flight, Eliteserien, and Swan is aiming to build on the experience in order to progress through the City ranks.

He said: “I have built-up my fitness during pre-season and at the moment I feel like I am flying.”

The U18s and U21s academy leagues have been restructured into different levels of competition during the summer and Swan hopes that City’s clashes with the likes of Chelsea, Fulham and Liverpool’s academy teams will give him the chance to shine and earn a step up to regular U21s action.

Involvement in the prestigious NextGen Series, in which U19s teams from 24 of the biggest clubs in Europe compete, is also an ambition for Swan.

He said: “We have been drawn in the same group as Juventus, Feyenoord and Paris Saint-Germain so I am really hoping that I can get involved.”

Barcelona, Inter Milan, Ajax and Celtic are among those competing in NextGen this season.

As well as City, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, Aston Villa, Liverpool and Arsenal will be flying the flag for England.

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