Hapoel Tel Aviv coach Shirazi 311.
(photo credit: Adi Avishai)
Ashdod SC midfielder Nir Biton returned to Israel on Wednesday after a week-long
trial at Manchester City, believing he is on the verge of making a shock move to
the English giant.
The 20-year-old spent the past week training with the
first team of the Premier League leader and relished every moment in
“It was an experience of the highest possible level,” Biton
said upon his arrival at Ben-Gurion Airport.
“I was at a world class club
and all in all they hosted me perfectly. They made me feel like a part of
“From day one I focused on trying to impress the
coaching staff. I was a little excited at the start, but I think that it went
well overall and it was a really amazing experience.”
While Biton didn’t
want to comment on his chances of joining City, his agent Dudu Dahan believes
his client is on course to being signed by the richest club in world
“We didn’t go there for a holiday,” Dahan said. “We took this
trial very seriously and I think Nir did his job the best way possible and we
are now very positive about the future.”
Dahan said that he was told by
City’s coaching staff that they are interested in bringing in Biton, who will
only complete his mandatory IDF service later this year.
final training session I spoke to the coaching staff and they told me that they
are interested in Nir,” Dahan said.
“I don’t want to give too many
details, but I am very happy that we received this news. I also want to add that
there are other clubs that are interested in signing Biton right now. These are
very respectable clubs in Europe, but our preference is City in light of the
amazing treatment he was given and the way he blended in with some of the best
players in the world.
“We are getting ready to begin negotiations and we
will also speak with the IDF so that Nir will be able to leave for Manchester in
the next two weeks.”