Posh have secured the signing of Manchester City defender Jadel Katongo on a season-long loan.
Peterborough United have strengthened their defensive ranks ahead of Friday’s transfer deadline with the signing of Manchester City centre back Jadel Katongo on a season-long loan with the 18-year-old completing the formalities at the idverde Training Ground.
Katongo joined City as an under 9 and has progressed through the Academy to become a regular in the under 18s. He was the youngest member of that squad when they clinched the title during the 2020-2021 campaign and the following season, he featured 18 times as the club once again lifted the silverware.
He subsequently progressed to the EDS for the 2022/23 season and made his first appearance for Pep Guardiola's side in the December friendly with Girona. Posh boss Darren Ferguson was delighted to get the deal over the line and is looking forward to working with the talented teenager.
“I am delighted. He is a young boy that we know really well, we feel that he is ready for his first loan away from the club. He is a centre back, he is very good on the ball, his stats are fantastic, he can play in a back four or a back three and can also play at right-back, so he covers a lot of what we need and I am excited about his arrival.
“Manchester City rate him highly. We have had good conversations with them, there were other clubs in for him, but he has decided to come here, which we are pleased about. He likes the way we play and how we develop younger players. City have been great to deal with, this is the next chapter in his career, to go out and experience men’s football and he is really looking forward to it.”
Katongo, who has trained with the first team at City, said: “I feel that I am ready for my first experience of playing men’s football and I am looking forward to it. I think this is the right club for me, they play a similar style of football to what I am used too. When I spoke to the manager, he spoke about the philosophy, how he wants to play, and I think that it is the right time for me to come and hopefully play some first team football. I have been at Manchester City since I was very young, it is a brilliant place to play your football.”