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Shimizu young gun Ishige to trial with Man City

Japanese starlet Hideki Ishige has been invited to trial with Manchester City.

The 18-year old Shimizu S-Pulse midfielder had emerged as a transfer target for City but his current club boss, Afshin Ghotbi, insists the player is simply going to train with the Premier League champions.

"If you want to build top-class players, you have to give them various experiences and opportunities to see first-hand what the world level is about," Ghotbi told Japan's Kyodo News.

"And what better experience for Ishige than to train with the first team of Manchester City and have Roberto Mancini see him first hand and train with some of the top players in the world."

Ghotbi added: "There is interest in him, not just Man City but many clubs in Europe and he deserves it. He's a real fantastic talent.

"As far as I'm concerned, he's not for sale and we want him to be a part of S-Pulse for the next few years to come. There has been no offer, City just want to see him and we are doing the same with other players with other clubs."

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