Manchester City youngster Ko Itakura is yet to be told what the club will be doing with him this summer as he returns from a two-year loan spell.
That’s according to FC Groningen’s official website, who carry a recent interview with the defender from FC Groningen Magazine Word Bigger.
Itakura has spent the last two seasons on loan with the Dutch club, having been shipped out by Manchester City following his arrival from Kawasaki Frontale in January 2019.
After a shaky start, he established himself as a key player at the club, but their loan agreement came to an end this summer, and he has now headed back to the Etihad.
What City are planning to do with him is yet to be made clear, with another loan deal likely and Celtic having been linked after the appointment of Ange Postecoglou as manager.
It seems the player remains in the dark either way, with the website reporting that ‘he doesn’t yet know what Manchester City’s plans are’ for this summer.
At the moment, he’s focused on the Olympic Games in Tokyo, a tournament that could push him into the spotlight and help him on the way to realising his dream.
“It’s something you only experience once in a lifetime and that too in Tokyo. Everyone is very excited,” he said.
“I have grown as a person and as a footballer. My dream is that one day I will play for a world-famous club so that everyone knows who Ko Itakura is.
“But I think that after my career, I always want to come back to FC Groningen, it is such a club. That says it all.”