It has been reported that James McAtee requested Manchester City to let him leave ahead of his loan move to Sheffield United.

This comes from journalist Alan Nixon on Patreon after it was claimed on Friday that the 20-year-old rejected the chance to head to Leicester City, despite being tempted due to the chance of getting regular minutes in the Premier League.

Now, it seems like James McAtee had no intention to stay put at Manchester City this season as he ended up joining Sheffield United on loan.

James McAtee requested Manchester City to send him on loan to Sheffield United instead of staying

Branded as ‘special’ by Pep Guardiola (via The Star), the teenager went on loan to Sheffield United last season and played a pivotal role in the club’s promotion.

Despite starting quite poorly at Bramall Lane, McAtee turned things around for himself and showcased his undeniable class.

Now, it has been revealed that after Cole Palmer’s move to Chelsea, James McAtee had a chance to stay at Manchester City, who was keen on a return to Sheffield United.

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However, the youngster was granted his wish by his boyhood club to head out on a season-long loan on deadline day.

Shows the top mentality James McAtee has

Instead of simply being content for yet another season and making appearances in cup competitions for Manchester City, James McAtee was clearly dying to test himself out on loan in the Premier League at Sheffield United.

Unlike Phil Foden, no other youngster at City has seemed destined to make the cut.

As a result, it is advisable for them to look for opportunities elsewhere on loan if they cannot find them at first-team level for the treble-winners.

McAtee has done just that and if he impresses this season, he could regularly feature for City’s senior team next season.

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