Manchester City’s young and upcoming midfielder Abdisalam Ibrahim revealed his infatuation with Arsenal after being question over his future.
The 22-year-old who has been likened to Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira for his physical attributes and playing style, has enjoyed a successful season on loan at Norwegian Tippeligaen side Stromsgodset. The midfielder who will represent Norway in the Under-21 European Championship in Israel this summer is looking to impress with a host of Premier League sides reportedly interested in the players availability.
Ibrahim does however plan to discuss his future with Manchester City, but he has welcomed the opportunity to play under Arsene Wenger at the club he has supported his whole life.
City have an abundance of talent in their ranks and will look to continue to buy in the market this summer, meaning Ibrahim may look to depart to seek playing time especially with his contract set to expire in a years time.
He told Sky Sports:
I’m very flattered to be linked with Arsenal, I grew up as an Arsenal fan and my hero was Patrick Vieira when he was playing there.
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I would be very honoured to play for Arsenal and it would be all my dreams come true to work with Arsene Wenger.
He has developed so many young players over the years and gave them chances in the first team but at the moment my focus now is doing very well in the Under 21 European Championship next month in Israel with my national team and hopefully try and win the tournament.
We will see what happens in the next couple of months about my future as I’m contracted to Manchester City for another year.
I’m open to extending my new deal, but I’d like to meet the new manager if it’s [Manuel] Pelligrini and see what he has to say.
I’m 22 years old now and I want to be playing week in, week out in the Premier League.
Ibrahim made his senior debut for City in the FA Cup game against Scunthorpe United way back in January 2010, and went on to make his Premier League debut a month later as a substitute in a 0–0 draw against Liverpool. He was then rewarded with a new contract a couple of months later tying him to the club until 2014, however he never featured for the first team again instead spending time on loan.
He obviously has not made the grade at City and despite his hero Vieira the Manager of the Reserves side (a.k.a the Elite Development Squad), he may have to look elsewhere in England for a route to the Premier League.
Is he a fit for Arsenal? It is hard to say with limited knowledge on the player but if he performs well at the U21 tournament this summer then perhaps he could be a decent investment to provide more competition for the box-to-box/holding midfielder role. He could be a real bargain if he would only command the reported £500,000 transfer fee with his deal expiring next season.
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