When many of his Shimizu S-Pulse team-mates will be heading for the beach as soon as the J-League season ends in December, Hideki Ishige will be leaving Japan to train with English champions Manchester City.

The teenage midfielder has been turning heads since making his professional debut in April but, according to Shimizu boss Afshin Ghotbi, is not about to be sold anytime soon.

“If you want to build top-class players, you have to give them various experiences and opportunities to see firsthand what the world level is about,” Ghotbi told Kyodo News.

“And what better experience for Ishige than to train with the first team of Manchester City, the champions of England, and have (manager Roberto) Mancini see him firsthand and train with some of the top players in the world.”

“There is interest in him, not just Man City but many clubs in Europe and he deserves it. He’s a real fantastic talent,” Ghotbi told Kyodo.

“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,” he said.

“There has been no offer, (City) just want to see him and we are doing the same with other players with other clubs.”




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