Man City adds center back Sandler from PEC Zwolle

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Manchester City has turned to the Netherlands for their latest young defender.

Philippe Sandler, 21, is coming to the Etihad Stadium from PEC Zwolle, where the center back also played some center mid.

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Sandler was one of Zwolle’s best players, going 2014 minutes in 23 appearances last season. He’s made four appearances with the Netherlands’ U-20 team.

He led the club in clearances per game (4.2) and was second in interceptions (1.9). It’s no surprise that he led Zwolle in several passing categories as well.