Pep Guardiola expresses pride over this academy star

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has said he is happy with Man City academy graduate Micah Hamilton after the youngster netted his first for City in the 3-2 Champions League victory over Red Star Belgrade.

Hamilton was the one who opened the scoreline for City, becoming the youngest player to score on his Champions League debut for City at the age of 20 years and 30 days.

The teenager caught the attention of City boss as a ballboy during City v Palace home game in 2017 as footage reappeared this evening showing the interaction between Guardiola and Hamilton on the sidelines at the Etihad, with the boss unaware.

However, Guardiola expressed his pride saying: “I didn’t know this. Six years ago? Wow yeah, here you are.

“What a goal and what a game.

“l am so happy for him. He is training well and we saw his skills. He made a fantastic goal. Defensively he was aggressive.

“Congratulations to our Academy for how many players came up and how many we sell.

“We had Mo as well, he played really well as well.”