Manchester City’s young midfielder Marcos Lopes has signed for Lille on a season-long loan, reports Sky Sports.
City have high hopes for the 18-year-old, who joined the club from Benfica in 2011. The Portuguese playmaker has made five appearances for the club in cup competitions, though he has yet to appear in the Premier League.
His most most notable display for the first-team came in the second leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final against West Ham last season, where he set up two goals in a 3-0 victory. His only goal for City came on his debut against Watford in the FA Cup. He replaced David Silva in the final minutes, and scored from close-range.
Speaking to Man City’s official website about the move to Lille, Lopes said: “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 secure a place in the Champions League qualifying rounds.
The 18-year-old is excited about the prospect of playing in Europe’s leading club competition, adding: “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.”
Man City played more key passes than any other team in the Premier League last season (468).