Man City make a decision on who is wanted by the other half of the Premier League

Man City make a decision on who is wanted by the other half of the Premier League ...

Despite interest from dozens of English sides, Manchester City has made the decision to keep academy player James McAtee at the club this summer.

According to the Athletic, the England youth international will remain in Manchester this season, as the Premier League champions aim to keep McAtee at the club in a similar program that saw Phil Foden blossom into one of Europe's most exciting talents.

McAtee has been spotted by half of the Premier League, with the majority of the EFL Championship interested in signing the City wonderkid on loan for the season, but the 19-year-old Salford-born playmaker will stay with his boyhood club for the year.

McAtee, who was one of the finest players in Premier League 2, led City's U-23 team to a fourth-straight league title, scoring 22 goals and seven assists in all competitions, while the teenager also made his first-team debut under Pep Guardiola.

It makes sense that City are open to keeping McAtee this summer, with the youngster expected to take a more active role in the senior squad next season alongside Cole Palmer, another academy graduate who excelled at youth level.

Given the incredible success of how Foden has developed at City, it makes sense why the club would want to keep McAtee this season despite enormous loan interest in the 19-year-old, and Guardiola might have another fantastic option on his hands if the midfielder develops this season.

This summer, keeping McAtee is a brilliant move from City.

Keeping a talent like McAtee is a brilliant move from the club, with him being the Manchester giants' most exciting prodigy since Foden, who has been the Premier League's best success story from the youth academy this summer.

McAtee showed some promise in his limited first-team performances last season, and with more opportunities on the way next season, the 19-year-old has the potential to become another top player from the academy if the club implements a sound development strategy.

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