Jayden Braaf makes admission about Man City future
Manchester City youngster Jayden Braaf says he could leave the club next season, either permanently or on loan, if he is not getting first team football.
The Dutch youth international has been promoted to the EDS squad this season, and has four goals and two assists in ten appearances, including a strike against League One side Rochdale in the EFL Trophy. He scored a brace against the same opposition last season.
Now, he has his eyes on more first team involvement, having trained with the senior squad on occasions.
He told Voetbalzone: “They triggered me with the promise that I could train with the first [team], there was no perspective at Chelsea and City came up with it at the last minute to convince me. They really consider me a player they want to train for the first and I didn’t have that feeling directly at Chelsea.
“Manchester City showed that they want to put a lot of work in me, to get me ready for the first one.
“I want to prove that I made the right choice with England, that I can get the first [team]. If it doesn’t happen, I still hope to make a big and beautiful step.
“I want to get everything out of Manchester City, I’m working on that now. I had thought about the move for a long time and I have now seen that it has been a good choice.”
Discussing his aims for the next year of his development, Braaf made no secret of his desire to be playing first team football rather than just training at that level.
But the ambitious youngster suggested he is willing to leave the CFA if that means he is more likely to play senior football.
Plenty of City academy players continue their development on loan, while the likes of Jadon Sancho, Brahim Diaz and Rabbi Matondo have sought a permanent move after feeling their first team chances were restricted.
“I am now busy with the World Cup and my debut,” Braaf explained. “Then I hope to be able to play somewhere in a first team next season. At Manchester City or somewhere else, we will see.
“A lot of people are talking to me, I have to keep going and this is an important season.”
Braaf is part of the Netherlands squad for the U17 World Cup in Brazil, taking place from next week until November 17, and he wants to use the tournament to showcase his talents.
He continued: “The World Cup is now a great opportunity to show myself to the world. We have a good team, so I think there’s a good chance we can take the World Cup home.”