Spending last season on loan at NEC Breda, Thierry Ambrose knew it was still too early for him to get a chance in Manchester City’s first-team, so another temporary move was sorted out.
The 21-year-old ended up returning to his home country, opting to play for Lens in Ligue 2, where he’s seemingly enjoying himself.
The forward has scored two goals and picked up two assists in six league games, helping his side to a second spot with a game in hand on leaders Metz.
Speaking to Canal+ Sport, relayed by Lensois.com, the Manchester City loanee explained why things were going so well for him this season, and even touched on what his future holds.
He said: “Everyone is giving their all. There’s a good atmosphere in the dressing room. I need game time, to learn and progress. As far as I know, I’m returning to Manchester next season. After that, who knows what can happen.
“We’ll see next year. I’ve come a long way after my bad injury at Manchester City, where I was between the reserves and the first-team. That helped my mental state. I came back strong, but I need to carry on working.”
Back in March, Ambrose revealed he received a strong pep (pun not intended) talk from Guardiola last season, who told him to stop worrying when it was clear he was nervous during his first training session with the first-team.
It appears the Spanish manager is a big fan of the young forward, suggesting he could still have a future at the Etihad if he progresses enough out on loan.
After all, Sergio Agüero will return to Argentina at some point, and Gabriel Jesus will need a backup.
That might not be for a few years, however, and his contract at the Etihad does run out in 2020.