City’s new academy will not favour English talent

Brian Marwood Manchester City Sporting DirectorManchester City’s Sporting Director Brian Marwood has announced that he is not concerned with prioritising English talent when recruiting for the City youth system. The former Hull, Arsenal and Sheffield Wednesday player believes his club “should not be ashamed” to develop talented youngsters from abroad.

In midweek, Patrick Vieria, a Development Executive at Manchester City, commented on some of the problems concerning the next generation of English talent at the opening of St. George’s park – England’s new £100million training and development facility. His colleague Brian Marwood seems to share his lack of faith in English youngsters.

“Our ­priority is to produce players who will get into Manchester City’s first team and, from a purely selfish point of view, that may mean to the detriment of the England national team” said the City official.

“We are trying to produce that real top-quality young ­player who can play week-in, week-out for City and if they happen to come from another country and we happen to have developed them then we shouldn’t be ashamed to embrace it.”

The citizens already have a wealth of young foreign talent at the club, including Denis Suarez, Jeremy Helan, Karim Rekik, Mohammed Abu and Abdul Razak, who have all played at Under 21’s level for their countries.

The Premier League champions are now working on their  own £100million training facility and academy to be built next to the Etihad Stadium. The new “Etihad campus” will be opened in time for the 2014/2015 season.

“We are all very excited about building this incredible campus but it’s about the people, not the buildings.

“We all hope we are going to produce something that’s quite unique and quite special but ultimately it’s about the people who execute the strategy” added Marwood.

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