Few Manchester City fans will know the name of Rubén Sobrino, but the Spanish striker has been on the books since 2015 when he joined from Ponferradina for an initial fee of €250,000.
Sobrino was instantly loaned to City’s unofficial partner club, Girona, in Spain’s second division and after they missed out on promotion, he moved up a level, spending the 2016-17 season on loan at Deportivo Alavés in La Liga.
Sobrino, 25, struggled for minutes at Alavés, making 16 appearances in all competitions, 5 of them in the Copa del Rey, in which Alavés made the final and lost to Barcelona. Sobrino appeared as a substitute in what may have been his last appearance for the Basque club.
Having been a City player for almost two years, he now has to decide what next again. Speaking to Radio Daimiel, the former Real Madrid academy player admitted he isn’t sure what the future holds for him.
Sobrino still has two years left on his Man City contract and confessed that he would not mind remaining at Alavés, despite playing only 769 minutes throughout the entire season. He also admitted there is interest from the Premier League and Bundesliga – last year, Stoke City showed interest in the player before he decided on a La Liga switch.
“Nothing is decided. Players always want to play for important clubs, regardless of the country they are in,” he told Radio Daimiel, indicating that he would be open to an English or German adventure.
City decided not to sell Sobrino last year, but with even highly-rated young Enes Ünal already sold this summer, they may be ready to profit on Sobrino to add funds what is already becoming a very expensive summer spending spree by Pep Guardiola.