The 19-year-old midfielder, who made his international debut for Belgium against Netherlands in November, has been tipped as one of the greatest prospects at present, and he has established himself as a vital cog in Anderlecht’s midfield.
Less than three months after his 16th birthday in July 2013, Tielemans made his first team debut for the Belgian club. He then went on to become the youngest Belgian, and third youngest player ever to play in the Champions League at the age of 16 years and 148 days, when he represented Anderlecht against Olympiakos.
With a good range of passing skills, Tielemans could bring greater creativity and attacking threat to Manchester City’s midfield, which has been a disaster in some of the matches, most notably, in a 4-0 hammering against Everton on January 15.
Also, with Yaya Toure’s long-term future at the club still uncertain, the Citizens have found the ideal candidate to replace the former Barcelona man if he leaves Etihad this summer.
Anderlecht are well aware of the mounting interest shown by the two-time Premier League Champions, and there is no denying that only a suitable offer will make him move away from his boyhood club.
The main thing that Manchester City cannot offer Tielemans with certainty next year, however, is Champions League Football, as they are still fighting for the top four finish in the current season.
The teenage sensation, who has often been compared to the Chelsea legend Frank Lampard for his spectacular long-range shooting efforts, has scored 13 goals for the Belgian side – one more than he has managed in each of the last three seasons combined.
Apart from Youri Tielemans, the Sky Blues are also being heavily linked with Benjamin Mendy of Monaco, plus Ryan Bertrand and Kyle Walker, along with Southampton’s Virgil Van Dijk and Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez.
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