Manchester City have been accused of creating a fake scouting job for the father of a former academy star in order to convince him to let his son join the club.

City have denied the allegations made by Gabriel Fernando Almeida and his family to The Athletic that Almeida Snr had been paid thousands of pounds by the club despite him carrying out no work for them.

The alleged inducement, which would have constituted a breach of Premier League rules, dates back almost a decade to when Almeida joined the club from Flamengo at the age of 14.

The midfielder spent three years at City before returning to his native Brazil and has spoken out after signing for non-league Stretford Paddock in October.

“Since it is something I have been through, people might notice more when this is happening to them,” said Almeida, who was reported to be planning to return to Brazil once again.

“They will be more careful if people try to do it to them. You think you have benefited at the time because you are a very good player, but you don’t see the other side.”

Almeida Snr said he was sent to two internal scouting training sessions at City but both were in English and he did not speak the language.

He said: “The truth is that they paid me but I did not work. In truth, they tricked us because I do not speak English. They did arrange for me to take a course in scouting. I went to the classroom on two occasions, to appear there at the course. It was inside Manchester City.”

City said in response: “Gabriel Almeida was registered with our academy from 19th August 2011 and was released on 12th May 2013. The limited records that exist given the nature of the work involved and the significant passage of time of almost a decade, suggest that Mr Almeida (Snr) was a casual scout for a period within Gabriel’s time with the club, for which he was reimbursed expenses.

“Documents seen by the club, but no longer held due to a combination of data protection compliance and a change of payroll system, show that the expenses were formally recorded on his printed payslips, paid through the Bankers Automated Clearing System (BACS) and that he underwent a full Criminal Records Bureau check to facilitate the performing of the role in question.

“Furthermore, we understand that he underwent two club led scouting training sessions to ensure he was equipped to fulfil the required tasks. Manchester City refutes any wrongdoing and entirely rejects the claims that have been made.”

The Premier League declined to comment.

City were banned by the Premier League in 2017 from signing academy players and fined £300,000 for tapping-up two schoolboys – including one aged just 11.

Two years later, they were fined 370,000 Swiss francs (£305,000) by Fifa in 2019 for a breach of regulations regarding the recruitment of minors.

The Football Association also investigated allegations they gave the agent of Jadon Sancho a contract to work as a scout in order to hide a £200,000 payment related to the player’s transfer from Watford when he was 14 but it concluded in November 2019 that there was no evidence to support the claim.

Those accusations emerged from documents obtained by Football Leaks, as did allegations the family of Belgium defender Mathias Bossaerts was paid £190,000.

City said of the Football Leaks documents: “We will not be providing any comment on out of context materials purported to have been hacked or stolen from City Football Group and Manchester City personnel and associated people. The attempt to damage the club’s reputation is organised and clear.”

In July, the Court of Arbitration for Sport overturned a two-year Champions League ban imposed on the club over other accusations to emerge via Football Leaks.