Man City hope for 'well-trodden' Australia path with Daniel Arzani signing - official
Australia international Daniel Arzani's move from Melbourne City to Manchester City demonstrates the next step City Football Group can take in developing its players, its managing director of global football said.
Arzani, 19, was the youngest player to make an appearance at the World Cup when he entered as a substitute for games against France, Denmark and Peru.
He joined Manchester on Thursday and became the second player to travel that path after Aaron Mooy moved from Australia two years ago.
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"In a short period of time, Daniel has developed into one of Australia's brightest young stars and has demonstrated the drive and raw talent required for success at the highest level," Brian Marwood said in a statement.
"This pathway was first forged by Aaron Mooy just two years ago, and we are all delighted to see another Australian-grown talent make this move. The combination of City Football Group's global football structure and the world-leading City Football Academy facilities create an environment in which this pathway can become well-trodden."
Arzani was named the A-League's Young Footballer of the Year last season and earned the Harry Kewell medal for the best under-23 player in Australia.
Manchester are set to send Arzani on loan for the coming season, with sources telling ESPN FC he will join Celtic because he is not likely to break into the first team.