Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola could be set to sell teenage ace Rabbi Matondo.
The young winger is being heavily linked with a move to German side Schalke this month.
Reports today have claimed that the Bundesliga side are ‘closing in’ on the Wales international for a fee of £11m.
Asked about Schalke’s interest, Guardiola said: “I heard about that – they are interested in another young player. But I do not know if it’s going to finish.
“I know how good he is. He’s a winger, so fast, incredibly quick and a young talent. That is another thing; how good this club is working.”
So as another youngster looks set to head to Germany, just who is Matondo?
Man City youngster Rabbi Matondo
Rabbi Matondo – how old is he?
Matondo was born September 9, 2000 and turned 18 years old last year. He is originally from Liverpool and was raised in Cardiff.
His father, Dada, played high-level football for several clubs in his native Congo. His two brothers also play football with both having featured for Cardiff at some level.
Rabbi Matondo – what position is he?
He has been deployed mainly as a left winger in City’s youth sides in the last two seasons but can also play from the right.
City described him as a ‘talented winger blessed with electrifying turn of pace and an abundance of natural talent’.
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Rabbi Matondo – his career to date
Matondo was part of Cardiff’s youth system before moving to City in 2016.
He made his City U18 debut two seasons ago scoring in a 4-2 win over Reading. He then made his U21 debut against Rotherham in August 2017 and scored in his second match at that level in a 2-1 defeat to Bradford.
He has featured in the EFL Trophy this season, helping City to qualify from their group. They are now in the quarter-finals of the competition after beating Rochdale on Tuesday.
The attacker has become a regular for the club’s Premier League 2 side in recent weeks and was nominated for the competition’s Player of the Month for December.
Rabbi Matondo – is he an international?
Matondo was called up to Ryan Giggs’ Wales squad for the last international break.
He came on for his debut as a 78th-minute substitute in their 1-0 friendly defeat to Albania in November.
Rabbi Matondo – what has he said?
Matondo was asked in a recent interview about City boss Guardiola.
He said: “For me he’s the best manager in the world, and to even be on the same pitch as him is an honour in itself.
“I’m very thankful for getting the chance to witness first hand how he manages the team and how he goes about things.”