- 19 years old (turns 20 December 28th)
- 5ft 9in
- Attacking midfielder
The captain of the Vieira’s EDS side has been on loan at Lille since the start of the season, appearing 23 times for the French club making 3 goals and 3 assists. Lopes signed for City from Benfica in 2011 and has been the brightest prospect at the academy for some time. He was the academy Player of the Year in 2012/13 and scored 5 in the opening 2 games of the UEFA Youth League against Bayern Munich and Victoria Plzen. He also scored 2 minutes into his first team debut as an 88th minute sub against Watford and made 2 assists in his full debut in the Capital one drubbing of West Ham.
Lille boss Rene Girard was quoted saying "He has a great left-foot and is a good passer. If I was to compare him in style to anyone, I would say that James Rodriguez and him share plenty of similarities. “What he brings us is bundles of technique. He is young and ambitious.”
With there being little speculation so far surrounding Samir Nasri’s future one does wonder where Lopes would fit in and how much game time he would get should he be kept in Manchester next year.