Carlisle United boss Abbott keen on longer Jeremy Helan deal

Jeremy Helan
Helan has featured once for the Cumbrians since his loan move last month

Carlisle United manager Greg Abbott would welcome the opportunity to extend the loan period of Manchester City midfielder Jeremy Helan.

The 19-year-old joined the Cumbrians for an initial month on 14 October, and made his professional debut in .

"If Manchester City want it to continue, we will gladly do that," Abbott told BBC Radio Cumbria.

"I think it's good for him, I've told City that and they agree with me."

Helan's first-team opportunities have been limited to the one substitute outing at Huish Park, although he has been named in the squad for every game since arriving at Brunton Park.

"Rory Loy has kept him out of the team, and I spoke to City and they're delighted with the way we dealt with Jeremy and explained it," Abbott said.

"He has been an absolute credit to himself, the way he has handled the situation because he came here to play.

"He's training with the first team every day, which has got to be beneficial.

"I've seen an improvement in him, the pace of his game is much quicker than when he came, everything is of the highest intensity here."

The Clairefontaine academy graduate, who can play in both defence and midfield, has represented France up to Under-19 level.

Despite travelling to the United States and Poland with the City first team during preseason tours, the former Rennes player is yet to make his first-team debut at Eastlands.

There was some controversy surrounding Helan's move to Manchester City, as Rennes reported the club to Fifa amid poaching claims, that were dismissed by the Premier League club.

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