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Manchester City are set to launch the first-team career of Swedish striker John Guidetti, with the Manchester Evening News reporting that the 18-year-old will be handed a chance to impress on the club's pre-season tour of the United States.

The ypungster was signed three years ago by Sven-Goran Eriksson for City after he was dubbed 'the Swedish Wayne Rooney' by some observers.

He has spent the last three months on loan at hometown club Brommapojkarna, where he has scored three goals and contributed three assists in eight games.

The Swedish club reportedly want to extend the player's loan spell beyond their domestic league's break for the World Cup, but City boss Roberto Mancini instead wants to see how the youngster matches up alongside the first-team.

He enjoyed a fine season with City's Under-18 team, scoring 13 times in 19 games. He also marked his reserve team debut with a hat-trick against a Burnley side containing several seasoned campaigners.

The striker may go out on loan again next season but for the moment he, along with seven of his academy colleagues, is looking forward to training with the seniors at Carrington rather than the academy at Platt Lane.

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