The day Arzani dreamed of Manchester

In January 2016, a 17-year-old Daniel Arzani sat in Sergio Aguero’s seat in the Manchester City dressing room. Having signed for Pep Guardiola's side last week, Arzani is now the Argentine's colleague.

The Iranian-born attacker was one of many talented teenagers developing at the FFA Centre of Excellence when he first set foot inside Manchester's Etihad Stadium.

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30 months on from his first trip to Manchester, the Caltex Socceroos attacker is the latest addition to the star-studded line up at the Etihad.

Joining Guardiola's side is yet another titanic achievement in what has been a dream 2018 for Arzani.

At the start of the year he was playing Foxtel National Youth League football.

Since then, he's been the youngest player to feature at the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ and signed for reigning Premier League champions.

There is little wonder the Iranian-born forward still has to pinch himself.

“When I first came to this club I had ambitions of playing overseas and it was always a dream of mine,” he told Melbourne City's official website last week.

“I think with football you get opportunities and you’ve got to take them, and it’s the right time for me to take an opportunity and to move forward.

“The last six-seven months has been an absolute roller-coaster for me and I’ve been very pleased with the way everything’s worked out.

“I’m just ecstatic moving forward.”

Tom Rogic, Daniel Arzani