Man City sign Israeli youngster

14 December 2010 10:35
Manchester City have signed Israeli international midfielder Gai Assulin on a two-and-a-half year deal after the 19-year-old left Barcelona.Assulin, who became Israel's youngest international when he won his first cap aged just 16, had been linked with several teams including Arsenal. [LNB]"As soon as I saw the club [City] I wanted to stay. I'm at a great club and hope to be here a long time," he said. [LNB]"I have to take my opportunity and learn every day in training." [LNB]Assulin, who played against City in a prestige Nou Camp friendly at the start of last season, said he hoped to follow in the footsteps of another former Barcelona player, Yaya Toure, who is now a first-team regular at City.[LNB] I remember watching him a couple of years ago in a few friendlies and he looked like a right little demon itsonlyagame - diego_maradona_is_my_role_model "I speak with Yaya every day - and I hope to be playing alongside him," he said. [LNB]Assulin is a regular for the Israel U21 side and won his first cap for the senior side in a friendly against Chile in 2008, two weeks before his 17th birthday. [LNB]When he came on in the 78th minute, he broke Ben Sahar's record for the youngest debut by 195 days.

Source: BBC_Sport