James McAtee believes his mortgage spell at Sheffield United molded him into a person, however he’s having fun with the chance of a lifetime at Manchester City.
Pep Guardiola is believed to be eager on McAtee being a part of his squad for the approaching season and the midfielder scored City’s first purpose this week in a 2-1 win over Bayern Munich in Tokyo.
McAtee, who was robotically promoted to the Premier League with the Blades, insisted he has lots to show with the Treble winners and insisted he’s nonetheless not 100 per cent behind the membership’s plans for him.
“Some guys have said the loan turned me into a man,” McAtee mentioned. It’s what some younger gamers want. Some don’t, however some profit from getting a style of males’s soccer.
“I am grateful to Sheffield United for giving me this opportunity, but this is my childhood dream to play for Manchester City. That’s the goal. We will see.
James McAtee had a successful loan spell at Man City’s Sheffield United last season
McAtee scored in Man City’s friendly victory over Bayern Munich in Tokyo this week
It is believed that Pep Guardiola would like to include McAtee in his squad for the upcoming season
“I think that’s the plan (to stay), but I’m not so sure. I’ll have to wait until we get home. I haven’t really had any conversations with the manager. He has been busy with many things.
“They’ve been busy celebrating the Treble, which I’m overjoyed for. He just said to keep your wits about you and work hard in the pre-season.’
The academy graduate, who missed England’s triumphant European Under-21 European Championship campaign through injury, has set the bar high to impress Guardiola.
However, McAtee is unsure what Man City’s plans are for him during the 2023-24 season.
He has another chance when they face Atletico Madrid in Seoul on Sunday before City fly back home for the Community Shield.
“I just want to get my rhythm back now and try to influence the games a bit more,” he added.
“I scored the purpose final night time however it was only a faucet on the finish of the day. I need to be there to create possibilities and help my teammates. Obviously it’s troublesome, they’ve the very best gamers on the earth: Bernardo Silva, Kevin De Bruyne. I simply should preserve my wits about me and do my greatest.’