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‘Better to continue my career elsewhere’: Man City star explains transfer stance

Lukas Nmecha has explained to HLN why he is leaving Anderlecht but will not return to Man City this summer.

Nmecha spent last season on loan with Vincent Kompany’s side and enjoyed a fruitful spell in the Jupiler Pro League. He scored 18 times and provided three assists, including in the play-offs, along with three Belgian Cup goals.

But the 22-year-old now intends to continue his career in his native Germany than pursue a stay at Lotto Park. Nmecha informed Anderlecht of his plans to join a Bundesliga outfit in the transfer market as his mind is set.

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Kompany was keen to explore a deal for Nmecha to stay at Anderlecht beyond his loan from Man City. The Citizens icon stated, via Les Sports+, in May that ‘everyone here is a fan of him’ but knew negotiations would be tough.

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Club Brugge also sounded out Nmecha’s situation, with HLN citing the Pro League champions as submitting a multi-million euro offer. But the bid never reached as Man City, as the striker would only have stayed in Belgium with Anderlecht.

That is not his plan, though. Instead, Nmecha wants to return to Germany.

“I feel a lot of love for Anderlecht,” Nmecha said. “I have a lot of respect for Vincent Kompany, the management and the technical staff. But it is better to continue my career elsewhere.

“I want to thank the club for all the opportunities. I also want to say ‘thank you’ to the supporters, who have gone to great lengths to convince me in recent months. It is difficult to leave Anderlecht, but I will continue to follow the club.”

TBR’s view: Man City should listen to Nmecha offers

Nmecha took a big step in his development during his year away from Man City to prove himself as a first-team goalscorer with Anderlecht. Loan spells with Preston, Middlesbrough and Wolfsburg before moving to Belgium had failed to return that output, with just three goals all in.

The U21 international has also been a consistent goal threat for Germany with 11 goals in his last 14 games. Nmecha would surely now deserve a chance to prove himself with Man City if brought back to the Premier League.

But as his heart is set on returning to Germany, Man City should be receptive to offers this summer. Even if it means depriving Pep Guardiola of an attacking option who is developing into a top talent.

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