- Tom Cayless
Reports: Manchester City hopeful of James McAtee extension
Manchester City academy graduate James McAtee will not be leaving Manchester on loan this winter, and positive talks are ongoing over a new contract, according to James Ducker of The Telegraph.
There have been rumours and whispers about McAtee's future all month, but as the window closes it looks like he will be staying at City. Ducker reports that careful consideration was given, but both the player and the club feel he's likely to learn the most staying at the Premier League champions.
Sam Lee of The Atheltic has also reported that while sources close to the player insist that talks over a new contract are ongoing, influential figures at the club are confident that an agreement will soon conclude and a long-term deal will be signed in the coming weeks.
The Athletic journalist has revealed that the England youth midfielder had been keen on a loan, but Pep Guardiola has made it clear in recent weeks that he will be given the same opportunity to break into the first-team as Phil Foden and more recently Cole Palmer.
This has reportedly convinced the 19-year-old that he is better off staying at the Etihad Stadium, with offers from Rangers, QPR, Bournemouth, Swansea, Huddersfield and clubs from Spain, Belgium, and the Netherlands said to have been rejected.
Written by: @TomCayless_
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