Young Talent Rico Lewis Commits to Manchester City in Six-Year Deal

27 July, 2023

Manchester City’s future has been bolstered by the commitment of young talent Rico Lewis, who has recently inked a remarkable new six-year deal with the club. This decision comes after his impressive debut for the team last August during a Premier League victory over Bournemouth. Throughout the previous season, Lewis showcased his skills in all four competitions for Man City, leaving a lasting impression on both fans and management alike.

One aspect that has caught the eye of Pep Guardiola is Lewis’s tactical adaptability. The young full-back has demonstrated an ability to seamlessly adjust his playstyle to match Guardiola’s preferences for full-backs. Even before Joao Cancelo’s departure to Bayern Munich on loan, Lewis was often favored over the Portuguese international due to his capability to drift inside and efficiently contribute to the attack, much like Cancelo himself. Follow your favourite Premier League team with attractive betting odds from 1xBet.

Despite being a mere 18 years old, Lewis managed an impressive 23 appearances for Manchester City in the previous season. His achievements did not go unnoticed, as he was awarded winners medals for the Premier League, FA Cup, and Champions League in City’s triumphant treble-winning campaign. A standout moment for Lewis was when he netted a goal during a Champions League group stage match against Sevilla, becoming Man City’s youngest-ever scorer in the competition and etching his name in the history books as the youngest player to score on his Champions League debut.

As promising as Lewis’s future may seem, his path to more playing time could be further paved by the potential departure of Kyle Walker, who is rumored to be on Bayern’s radar this summer. If Walker leaves, it opens up opportunities for Lewis to solidify his place in the squad and contribute even more significantly to the team’s success. In light of this development, The Daily Mail reports that the new contract agreed upon will substantially increase Lewis’s wages, securing his position at the club until at least 2028, with the possibility of an additional year through City’s option to extend his contract.

The focus on securing young talent’s futures doesn’t end with Lewis, as reports also suggest that Nathan Ake is close to committing his long-term future to Manchester City. Ake, a pivotal figure in City’s performances last season, made 41 appearances for Guardiola’s side despite facing an injury late in the campaign. His versatility was on full display during the Champions League final against Inter Milan, where he operated in a dynamic role as both a left centre-back and a left-back.

In a recent friendly against Bayern Munich, Ake was taken off early, sparking concerns among fans. However, it appears to have been a precautionary measure to ensure his well-being. With Lewis and Ake set to remain integral parts of Manchester City’s squad, the club’s future looks promising, and their ambitions for continued success seem well within reach. Get the latest updates from the Premier League only on 1xBet Sports.