Date: 11th February 2019 at 10:56am
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EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke

Manchester City have a £60million buy-back option on Rabbi Matondo following his move to Schalke, Football Insider understands.

The 18-year-old joined German side Schalke last month for an initial fee of £9.6million even though  he was very highly-rated by the Premier League champions.

Matondo decided to leave City in the January transfer window because he was unable to break into Pep Guardiola’s first-team and joined Schalke because he felt it would offer him a quicker pathway to first-team football.

City were reluctant to lose Matondo, but a source close to the club has told Football Insider they insisted on inserting a buy-back option in the deal to give them the opportunity to re-sign the Wales international in the future.

Matondo followed in the footsteps of Jadon Sancho by leaving City for Germany, but after failing to include a buy-back option in Sancho’s move to Borussia Dortmund City were adamant in having a buy-back Claude in Matondo’s deal.

Matondo could come up against City later this month after being named in Schalke’s Champions League squad.