The agent of Argentinian youngster Benjamin Garré has revealed Manchester City were keen to keep him at the Etihad.
The 19-year-old left Manchester City for Racing Club at the beginning of January after finding first-team opportunities limited in Manchester.
He had been with City since 2016 when he joined the club’s youth ranks from Club Atlético Vélez Sarsfield U20.
However, despite starring for both the Under 18s and Under 23s, for whom he scored 14 goals and registered eight assists in 61 games, he failed to make a single first-team appearance at the club.
That led to him to return to Argentina in January, with Manchester City sanctioning a £2m deal so he could get the playing time he wanted.
He’s been a big hit at his new club so far, with them having high hopes he will be a star of the future.
That was certainly something City were aware could happen, with his agent revealing that they were keen to keep him at the club.
“City were offering a new contract but couldn’t guarantee playing time, which is what we were looking for,” he told Clarín.
“We understood that it was time to take the leap, to move from project to reality.
“Manchester is a beautiful club, to stay with, but it’s very demanding and has millions of dollars worth of players in the bank.
“I’ll give you an example: Jadon Sancho used to play with Ezequiel, but when he didn’t have room he went to Borussia Dortmund, and today he’s worth more than 100 million euros.”