Manchester City sell starlet to Monaco for £9million

first_imgMarcos Lopes has left Manchester City to join Ligue 1 side Monaco.The 19-year-old is understood to have cost the French club around £9million.City boss Manuel Pellegrini had insisted Lopes would only be leaving City on loan in his press conference on Friday lunchtime, hailing the young midfielder as a top talent.Pellegrini said: “Marcos is still a player here for Manchester City. We will see his future in the next hours.“I think Marcos needs to play more in another club. He is a very good player. I am sure in the future he will be part of our club, but for this year he must continue trying to play as much football as he can.“Here he has a lot of competition with David (Silva) and Samir (Nasri) so it is better for him to go on loan.”But moments after Pellegrini had discussed Lopes’ future, City announced that they had sold the Portugal Under-21 international to Monaco.Lopes was regarded as one of City’s most promising youngsters after joining the club from Benfica in 2011.He made an immediate impact with a goal on his debut – becoming City’s youngest-ever goalscorer at 17 years and nine days – in an FA Cup tie against Watford in January 2013.But had made just five appearances for City in total and, having spent a successful spell on loan at Lille last season, has now been allowed to return to France with Monaco. Marcos Lopes 1last_img read more