Bundesliga starlet Luca Netz claimed he turned down Manchester City and would do so again

The one that got away? German youngster revealed he rejected Manchester City and would do so again if another offer came in

Luca Netz rejected Manchester City’s advances earlier this summer. (Photo by Frederic Scheidemann/Getty Images)

Highly-rated German youngster Luca Netz has revealed he rejected a move to Manchester City and would again if another offer came in for him.

Netz joined Borussia Mönchengladbach from league rivals Hertha Berlin, but attracted interest from the Premier League champions before his move across Germany.

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The 18-year-old was bought for a deal worth almost £4m and penned a five-year contract after long being sought after.

City were seemingly in the market for a left-back given João Cancelo has had to fill in the role in Oleksandr Zinchenko’s absence.

But it may be the case of the one that got away as Netz does not plan to join City or anyone in the Premier League having only moved to his current club eight weeks ago.

“I think it’s nonsense to switch to Man City at such a young age,” said the starlet to German newspaper Bild.

“Even if I were to get another offer now, I would turn it down.

“I have a clear plan, and it’s simply too early for the Premier League.”

The Bundesliga has been a good league for developing young home-grown players, as well as launching the careers of many.

Chelsea’s Kai Havertz, who scored the winning goal in the 2021 Champions League final, came from Bayer Leverkusen, whilst Timo Werner plied his trade at RB Leipzig.

A number of English players have also tried their luck there with Jadon Sancho excelling for Borussia Dortmund before his move to Manchester United, while Jude Bellingham is there now trying his luck.

Hoping to emulate their success is Netz, who broke onto the scene in January for Hertha. In February, at 17-years-old, he scored his first senior goal, placing him as the youngest goalscorer in their history.

After a blistering start, he was rocked by a broken metatarsal which saw him sidelined, though he recovered and did enough to earn a move to Borussia-Park.

In the seven games Borussia have played this season, Netz has played in five of them, highlighting the faith that manager Adi Hütter has in him and the future he has ahead of him.

“It’s important for me to play for Borussia, to gain experience and to develop steadily.

“Then we will see what happens in a few years.”