by JACK HAZZARD
New York City FC has acquired the Venezuelan defensive midfielder Yangel Hererra, 19, on a season-long loan from Manchester City of England’s Premier League — pending receipt of his P-1 Visa and ITC.
After a week of speculation about his arrival in New York, Herrera completed his move on Tuesday afternoon.
Herrera recently completed a permanent move to Manchester City that had an estimated fee of $3 million. After struggling to obtain the proper paperwork to play in England, Manchester City opted to send the Venezuelan international to New York to train under NYCFC Patrick Vieira.
Herrera told NYCFC.com: “I’m very happy to take this next step in my career. To have the opportunity to play with such a high caliber of players is very exciting and to join a team that has a good football philosophy is very important to me.”
Vieira said: “Although Yangel is just starting out on his career, we believe he will make an impact in Major League Soccer once he’s settled into a new country and has adapted to our system of play.
“He’s a tactically intelligent midfielder who is strong in the tackle and reads the game well. Yangel also has good passing range and spatial awareness, which is crucial for a player in his position. I look forward to welcoming him to our squad after the South American Championships where he’s been playing very well for Venezuela.”
— New York City FC (@NYCFC) February 14, 2017