Manchester City winger Ryotaro Meshino has revealed his dream to play for the club at some point, despite a lack of contact with Pep Guardiola so far.
Meshino is currently out on loan at Portuguese side Rio Ave and has featured regularly for them this season, with 13 appearances and three goals to his name in the league so far.
His loan spell in Portugal is his second since he joined Manchester City from Gamba Osaka in his native Japan in 2019, having also spent a year playing in Scotland with Heart of Midlothian FC.
The 22-year-old is very much seen as one for the future at the Etihad, one of a number of players that Manchester City have scooped up in recent years as part of their plan to secure the best talent from all four corners of the globe.
It is likely to be some time before he’s seen in a City shirt, if he ever is, although that is very much the aim for him.
“I always wanted to go to play in Europe, and it seemed like the right moment. I knew it was my chance to do it,” he told EFE, relayed by Mundo Deportivo.
“I get a message from them (City) after every game; they want to make sure everything is going well for me.
“I would like to play for Manchester City at some point, but the offer I received from them is that I would have the support of the club during my loans to other teams.
“I would like to do my best in these circumstances. At the moment, I am not thinking of going back to Japan.”