Manchester City take UAE starlet Omar Abdulrahman on trial

The Al Ain midfielder was highly impressive while representing his country at this summer's Olympic Games and Roberto Mancini will now take a closer look at the 20-year-old
Manchester City have taken UAE starlet Omar Abdulrahman on trial after the midfielder's impressive performances at the Olympic Games.

The 20-year-old midfielder currently plays for Emirati champions Al Ain and will spend just over a week with last season's Premier League victors.

Abdulrahman arrived at Carrington on Tuesday and a decision on whether to retain the midfielder beyond the trial is expected next week.

The player confirmed the news on his Twitter feed on Monday: "Today I'll travel to Manchester for a training .. wish me good luck," before adding that it was City who he would be joining.

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With 12 senior caps to his name, Abdulrahman is seen as one of UAE's most promising players and boosted his reputation at the summer Games, with a superb display in his country's opening game against Uruguay where he assisted both UAE's goals as they slipped to defeat.

The attacking midfielder enjoyed a fine 2010-11 campaign, scoring 11 goals in 29 appearances but was limited to just seven games last term after suffering a cruciate ligament injury.

Abdulrahman's move comes after he was praised by Team GB and City defender Micah Richards who labelled the 20-year-old as a star for the future.