At Manchester City since 2007, Lukas Nmecha is a player who has a close affiliation to the Etihad club.
He’s slowly but surely broken through the ranks over the past few years, leading the Premier League side to send him out on loan to get first-team experience.
Preston, VfL Wolfsburg, Middlesbrough and now Anderlecht have all been beneficiaries of his services, with the latter enjoying him in his best form to date.
Nmecha, under the order of Vincent Kompany, has found the back of the net 10 times in 17 Jupiler Pro League appearances, which has led to a bit of chatter here and there about getting a chance under Pep Guardiola down the line.
It’s something he thinks about, as he revealed to Sport/Foot Magazine in an interview this week.
He said: “I’m not going to say that I want to win the Ballon d’Or, but becoming a starter at Manchester City, I have that within me. Sergio Agüero is better than me, and that’s the reason why the club has loaned me out many times. If I want to do well at City, I need to work on my weaknesses”.
When he returns, Nmecha has one goal in mind, and that’s stability.
Loaned out all over the place, the striker has had enough: “I want to play one, two, three or maybe four years in the same club. I’m not excluding a longer stay at Anderlecht. Moving all the time and adapting to new environment is tiring”.
With just one year left on his deal at Manchester City when the current season comes to a close, Nmecha knows how important this year is for the rest of his career.
He finished: “I’m convinced of it. At the moment, everything is going well for me and Anderlecht. The better I play, the more I am in a position to negotiate. For the first time, I’ll really have the choice”.
While staying at Manchester City seems to be the preference, Nmecha is clearly not against a move elsewhere, meaning next summer could be very interesting.