Japanese wonderkid Hideki Ishige is to join Manchester City for a trial
Manchester City will bring rising Japanese star Hideki Ishige to England to run the rule over the midfielder.
Last Updated: 02/11/12 12:29pm
Reports in the Japanese media that City have made an offer for the 18-year-old, who plies his trade with Shimizu S-Pulse, appear to be wide of the mark.
Shimizu manager Afshin Ghotbi says he is keen to retain the services of Ishige but admits the chance for him to train with City is too good to pass up.
"If you want to build top-class players, you have to give them various experiences and opportunities to see first-hand what the world level is about," Ghotbi told Japan's Kyodo News.
"And what better experience for Ishige than to train with the first team of Manchester City and have Roberto Mancini see him first hand and train with some of the top players in the world."
Should City decide to pursue their interest in the Asian Youth Player of the Year, they will face stiff competition for his signature, according to Ghotbi.
He said: "There is interest in him, not just Man City but many clubs in Europe and he deserves it. He's a real fantastic talent.
"As far as I'm concerned, he's not for sale and we want him to be a part of S-Pulse for the next few years to come. There has been no offer, City just want to see him and we are doing the same with other players with other clubs."