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Adedire Mebude leaves Manchester City to join KVC Westerlo

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Talented winger Adedire Mebude has joined Belgian Pro League side KVC Westerlo from Manchester City on a four-year deal for a reported fee of £1.65m with add-ons.

A sell-on percentage has also been included in the transfer for the Scotland U21 international who also had interest from Dutch side AZ Alkmaar before making the move to Belgium.

He is a forward who can both score goals and create opportunities for those around him. He primarily plays off the right but is also very capable playing off the left and through the middle.

Mebude started his career at Rangers before joining the Citizens in 2020. He featured nine times in all competitions for the City U18s in his debut season, scoring twice.

In the 2021/22 season, the forward recorded 12 goals and 19 assists in 21 U18 Premier League appearances. He also broke into the U21 setup, making four appearances and scoring once.

The 21/22 campaign was incredibly successful for Mebude as on top of his own incredible stats City won Premier League 2, the U18 Premier League and the U18 Premier League Cup which he netted the winner in the final.

Last season, the 19-year-old made the step up to the U21 setup where he recorded 11 goals and 13 assists as City won Premier League 2 again. He also featured prominently in the UEFA Youth League.

The forward has represented Scotland at every level barring the first-team and netted a stunning solo goal just nine minutes into his debut for U21s.

The 19-year-old becomes the fourth academy product to depart City this summer after James Trafford, Shea Charles and Morgan Rogers. Carlos Borges is also reportedly close to an exit from the club.

Mebude never made a first team appearance for Pep Guardiola’s side but will be hoping to break into the senior setup at Westerlo where he will wear the number 13 shirt.

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