Premier League: Pep Guardiola to promote youth players at Manchester City


Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak expects several first-team players to leave the club this summer, revealing that the current strategy places more emphasis on promoting youth players to the senior squad. Pep Guardiola has made only one signing so far this summer, with German midfielder Ilkay Gundogan joining from Borussia Dortmund for 21 million pounds. The club chairman has not revealed exactly how many players would be leaving Manchester City this summer.

Khaldoon Al Mubarak said: "We have to keep that balance between what we have built and the future. We have to keep a balance between age groups, between young players and experienced players, and all this balance is really in the hands of Pep. He has a particular way he wants to manage the squad and a particular way he wants to play. I think we will need particular players who will join the team that fit and will be moulded to the way he would like this team to play.

Manchester City have had great results in youth football last season following the inauguration of their new training complex in 2014. Guardiola's track record in promoting youngsters was an important aspect that was considered when the club offered him the position of manager. "That's one of the reasons why Pep was so highly considered," the chairman added. "He has done that with Barcelona, he has done that with Bayern Munich. Even with the abundance of talent he had with both first teams, Pep always has a knack for talent and he loves to find young players that have incredible talent. We have that at our club. We have incredible talent today. This is an organisation that has won the under-10 national championship, the under-13s under-15s and the under-18s this year."

Manchester City are 2/1 at Bet365 to win the Premier League title next season.

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  • Serbia Milaneli

    7/6/16

    Wanted to say that Ilkay Gundogan isn't German but then checked Wikipedia and prove that I was wrong. To get back on the topic, I don't believe in this story not for a second. They might promote few players into first team now and then, but I think that Pep Guardiola just started remodeling squad. We should expect more then few players to leave, since Manchester City squad is overpopulated. And at least 3-4 more signings, mostly from Bundesliga and La Liga.

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Cobra69

    8/6/16

    This is the hardest job for Guardiola, Barcelona had Messi and Iniesta, I could manage club like that, Bayern is the best club in Germany and it wasn't hard to be champion when only they have big money and can take all superstars from other clubs, now in City he has some big names, but Premier League is very hard, in Premier League you can lose from everyone, so I'm realy excited, I think that Guardiola is not so good coach, but after this maybe I will change my opinion.

  • United Kingdom kokanidja201

    9/6/16

    i think Manchester City did excellent job singing Pep Guardiola for next season. He is great coach with career filled with trophies, especially in Barcelona. He had two good seasons in Bayern Munchen, to bad he couldn t win Champions League, but now he has chance to win it with Manchester City. We will see.

  • Alexa Alexa

    13/6/16

    Pep Guardiola is well known for introducing young players in the first squad.He was doing it regularly in both Barcelona and Bayern Munchen.In last few seasons,academy of Manchester City has not produced a top player,but I think that we can expect better days for the Citizens with arrival of Guardiola.

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