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Leeds United’s reported target Ian Poveda has been mentored by Raheem Sterling

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Leeds United’s reported target Ian Poveda has been mentored by Raheem Sterling

Leeds United are reportedly closing in on a deal for Manchester City attacker Ian Poveda, who has previously spoken about being mentored by Raheem Sterling.

According to Leeds Live, the Whites hope to complete a deal for the 19-year-old within the next week.

It is understood that the teenage winger is expected to either arrive on a permanent deal in January, or join on an initial loan before signing permanently in the summer.

The report details that Leeds’ director of football and manager Marcelo Bielsa rate him highly after a scouting mission.

Poveda is a highly-rated wide player with just one first-team appearance at Manchester City, but he’s expected to make an immediate impact if he drops down to the Championship.

The England Under-20 internatonal is a right-winger with plenty of pace and creativity, something which Leeds fans could soon get to see.

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Due to the fact he’s come through the youth ranks at the Etihad Stadium, he’s had the chance to rub shoulders with some of the world’s biggest stars.


Podeva has previously talked about a special relationship he has with Manchester City and England superstar Sterling.

“Raheem’s like my big bro, I appreciate him a lot,” Poveda told Manchester Evening News in December.

“There’s small advice he gives me in training sessions and it just shows that he cares and I appreciate it. Even if I don’t tell him, I listen a lot and think it’s true and then try to implement it in my games all the time.

“I’m glad that Raz helps me out a lot, it helps me all the time. It’s tips on the pitch like positioning and runs and things to do. Off the pitch as well he gives me great advice because I’m a young player and there are certain things I haven’t experienced yet but he helps me a lot and I appreciate that.”

It’s certainly a benefit to Leeds if they sign a player that has been mentored by someone like Sterling, who is one of the best attackers in the Premier League during the last few years.

Poveda is a diminutive winger that could dazzle at Elland Road if he lives up to his potential and Sterling will surely keep a close eye if he exits the Etihad.

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