NYCFC news roundup: Christian McFarlane and Maxime Chanot

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Maxime Chanot, formerly of NYCFC
Maxime Chanot, formerly of NYCFC / Carlos Rodrigues/GettyImages

Week in and week out, New York City FC always has news to be discussed. This week, there were stories regarding a current player and a former player.

Here is the next NYCFC news roundup.

NYCFC news roundup: Possible move for McFarlane and Chanot is back in MLS

Will Christian McFarlane leave NYCFC?

NYCFC Homegrown player Christian McFarlane has yet to make his debut for the first team. That could change if Kevin O'Toole is out this weekend due to a concussion, and the left-back deserves to get his chance on the pitch.

However, according to The Athletic, the 17-year-old is on the verge of signing with Manchester City FC. He would move in January when he turns 18. This is not a surprise since he is a highly-rated prospect.

What is surprising is that he has not made his debut yet. O'Toole has proven he is worthy to start on this year's NYCFC team, but he is not someone who was being chased by top European sides. Therefore, McFarlane's exclusion from minutes is slightly puzzling. Maybe this will change in this weekend's clash against Inter Miami CF.

Maxime Chanot signs with LAFC

The biggest news in Major League Soccer this week was that Maxime Chanot is back in the league. The center-back terminated his contract with AC Ajaccio and signed with Los Angeles FC.

The former NYCFC player initially left under the idea he was returning to France for his family. The shocking news that he signed with LAFC swept over the fanbase, for nobody thought he would play for another MLS team. However, the California side convinced him to move there after they needed another center-back due to injuries.

Chanot is expected to be utilized for depth. Moreover, he will not face the Pigeons this year in the regular season. In some ways, the move is okay since he moved to a Western Conference club. At the same time, it gives more fuel to the idea that he did not leave NYCFC to play in front of his family. Rather, there must be more to the story.