James McAtee snubs loan offers to stay at Manchester City amid positive talks over a new contract for the 19-year-old midfielder
- James McAtee has 18 months left on his deal and is yet to sign a new contract
- Man City midfielder has attracted interest from a number of clubs in January
- Brighton, Aston Villa and Leicester City are keeping tabs on the teenager
Manchester City midfielder James McAtee has decided to stay rather than go out on loan.
The highly-rated England U20 international midfielder, known as the ‘Salford Silva’ was the subject of considerable interest this month, particularly as he only has 18 months left on contract.
Rangers, Swansea City, Bournemouth, QPR, Huddersfield and Girona all made inquiries about loaning him and there was further interest from Spain, Holland and Belgium.
Manchester City midfielder James McAtee has decided to stay rather than go out on loan
Premier League sides Brighton, Aston Villa and Leicester City are continuing to monitor his situation too.
Ultimately though, while serious consideration was given to a loan move, both McAtee and City decided it would be in his best football interests to stay with the club. There is a feeling that McAtee will learn more and develop under the close watch of Pep Guardiola within City’s first team.
McAtee made his senior debut in the Carabao Cup against Wycombe in September and his first appearance in the Premier League two months later against Everton.
Talks over a new contract are ongoing and remain positive with City valuing the 19-year-old very highly.
Pep Guardiola was keen for the teenage midfielder to remain at the Etihad this season