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Groningen chief reveals Man City offered to buy Ritsu Doan

Manchester City were prepared to help fund FC Groningen's signing of Ritsu Doan, the Eredivisie outfit has confirmed.

Doan was signed from Gamba Osaka and has played 29 games for Groningen this season, scoring nine goals.

"We now have everything in our own hands. We said that we really liked him and they offered to assist, but we do it on our own," technical manager Ron Jans told De Telegraaf on Wednesday.

"The connection with City is positive."

On Doan, Jans added: "It's incredibly good to be able to adapt so quickly at such a young age in a completely different culture.

"A big compliment to that boy."

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