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Addicks sign Razak

Posted: Sat 29 Sep 2012
Author: Gary Haines
Abdul Razak

Abdul Razak

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Charlton snap up highly-rated Manchester City midfielder

Gary Haines reports

Charlton have signed highly-rated midfielder Abdul Razak on a three-month loan from Manchester City, the club confirmed on Saturday.

The all-action Ivory Coast international, who played in City’s Capital One Cup match against Aston Villa in midweek, watched Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Blackburn Rovers, and will boost Chris Powell’s options in the middle of the pitch.

Addicks manager Powell said: “Abdul’s a talented young midfielder and someone who I feel will compliment my squad well.

“He’s had experience of the Premier League and the Championship and we look forward to working with him.”

A graduate of the same Ivory Coast club, ASEC Mimosas, as Kolo and Yaya Toure, Razak was brought to England by Crystal Palace and the combative midfielder was snapped up by Manchester City in 2010.

He debuted for City from the bench late in their Premier League win against West Bromwich Albion in February 2011, and last season gained further experience under Roberto Mancini, coming on for the closing 10 minutes of the top-flight clash against Wigan Athletic in September.

Razak’s full debut came in the League Cup match against Birmingham City later that month and he also featured in the competition against Wolverhampton Wanderers and Arsenal either side of a three-game loan spell with Portsmouth.

A second taste of Championship action came at Brighton & Hove Albion in early 2012, where he played six times, earning the man of the match accolade on his home debut.

This season, Razak made a late Premier League outing for City against Queens Park Rangers from the bench on September 1st and played 106 minutes of their extra-time Capital Cup defeat against Villa on Tuesday.

His stint at The Valley takes him up to the home match against Derby County on December 29th and he will be available for selection when the Addicks host Watford on Tuesday night.

Speaking exclusively to the official website at The Valley on Saturday evening the 19-year-old said: “I’m really looking forward to meeting the team and working with the manager.”

“It’s been hard for me to get into the first team at City, and I come here hoping to prove myself with what I do on the pitch and hopefully I can do that on Tuesday.

“This is a very tough league, but you have to be ready for it. This is my third loan spell in the Championship so I’m ready for it.”

Razak will wear the number 25 shirt for the Addicks.