December 14, 2007 / 4:59 PM / 11 years ago

Mexico's Castillo to go on loan to Man City

In this file photo Mexico's striker Nery Castillo (L) controls the ball past to Roman Torres of Panama while a strong rain fall during a friendly soccer match at the Cuauhtemoc stadium in Puebla City, Mexico September 9, 2007. Castillo is to go on loan to English Premier League side Manchester City after a failed attempt to adapt at Ukraine's Shakhtar Donetsk, his agent said. REUTERS/Henry Romero

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican forward Nery Castillo is to go on loan to English Premier League side Manchester City after a failed attempt to adapt at Ukraine’s Shakhtar Donetsk, his agent said.

Castillo, who shone in this year’s Copa America with a brilliant goal against Brazil, moved from Greek club Olympiakos Piraeus to Shakhtar in July for a reported 20 million euros (14.3 million pounds).

He failed to impress at Shakhtar, however, and played only a handful of games, starting mostly on the bench and occasionally being left out of the squad.

Manchester City, sixth in the Premier League and coached by former England manager Sven Goran Eriksson, had expressed interest in Castillo when he made it known he wanted to leave Olympiakos.

“There has been an agreement with Manchester City so that Nery can be with the club for one year on loan and so he can prove himself, so he can play active football,” his agent, Jose Luis Padilla, told Mexican television.

“Nery just wanted to play and that was not happening at Shakhtar,” Padilla said. “Nery is now in England to iron out in the next few hours the final details of his contract.”

Padilla said Manchester City would have an option to buy Castillo at the end of the loan period.

Reporting by Carlos Calvo, Writing by Chris Aspin, Editing by Clare Fallon

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