Cole Palmer looks set to permanently join the Manchester City first team next season after agreeing a new five-year deal.
The Wythenshawe youngster, who turned 19 last month, put pen to paper on a long-term contract less than 12 months ago when he signed on until 2024 but the club have moved to extend that by a further two years after an impressive season working with Pep Guardiola.
Having made his debut in September, starting alongside Kevin De Bruyne in a Carabao Cup tie at Burnley, Palmer also featured in the Champions League at Marseille before spending the rest of his playing campaign starring in the Premier League 2 as the Under-23s stormed to their first-ever competition win.
City have moved to ensure Palmer is committed to the club for the next five years and are expected to keep him as part of Guardiola's squad for next season despite considerable interest - including from a number of Championship sides - of taking the player on loan for next season.
Guardiola has predicted that Palmer has a bright future at the club and went as far as likening his finishing to Phil Foden, another player who has been kept in Manchester for his development rather than leaving on loan.
Foden started on Sunday in England's opening game of the European Championship and looks set to be an important part of Gareth Southgate's squad after winning the PFA Young Player of the Year.
Palmer could be one of several academy players bumped up to the first-team squad for next season as part of Guardiola's shake-up of the squad.