Manchester City academy midfielder Iker Pozo finally confirmed his departure from the club in January as he was announced as a new player for HNK Rijeka.
Midfielder Pozo, 21, has been at City for ten years but has never played for the first team in a competitive game. It has been used in some pre-season squads, including the 2018 tour of the United States and the friendlies interrupted by Euro 2020 last summer in Manchester.
The Spaniard has played almost 100 times for City at academy level and spent time at FC Eindhoven last season where he made 29 appearances. Now, after just three appearances under the age of 23 so far this season and the occasional first-team training session, Pozo is heading back on loan to Croatia.
HNK Rijeka secured the loan signing of Pozo in a deal which was expected before the January transfer deadline, with the Croatian side given the option to make the transfer permanent.
And Pozo says the time had come to take a step forward in his career with regular playing time.
“The impressions are very good, I like everything,” he told Rijeka’s website.
“I wanted to try myself in a new environment. Last season I was in the second division in the Netherlands, but I wanted to try a challenge and a step forward for me. I hope I can do well for this club.
“[At City] you play with very good players around you, you play very good football, very tactical, technical. The facilities are amazing, the best in the world. I came to give my all and I hope we will win a lot of trophies.”
Even though Pozo kicked his last ball in a City shirt, he still has an affinity with the club and he named a Blues great as his favorite player of all time – David Silva.