Like with most of the big clubs around Europe, it’s hard for youngsters to get their chance at Manchester City.
Lorenzo González knows it better than most. The youngster joined City in 2016, arriving from Servette’s U18s and headed straight into City’s youth set-up.
He’s since worked his way through the youth ranks at the Etihad, scoring 14 goals in 24 games for the Under 18s and then nine in 24 with the Under 23s.
That’s decent form, but such is the wealth of attacking talent available to Pep Guardiola that González is yet to get a glimpse of first-team football.
He ultimately sought it out elsewhere this summer, electing to head out on loan in search of minutes and a chance to continue his development.
Málaga provided him with that opportunity, agreeing to a year-long deal for the Manchester City youngster.
The La Liga2 side are hoping González can help fire them back to Spain’s top-tier and he’s admitted the pressure is on to prove himself, and potentially earn a permanent move as well.
“They gave me the opportunity, and I said that I had to go to Malaga, it is a historic club, an incredible opportunity,” he told El Desmarque.
“I come on loan for a year, and now I have to earn a place on the pitch. I hope everything goes well. For the moment, I have only signed a year, and I guess it will depend on my performance.”
“I have to try to play and try to win a starting role, from there the club will decide at the end of the season.”