Tuesday 6 December 2016

Begiristain hails importance of recruiting local young talent at Manchester City

Published 02/09/2016 | 22:36

Among the host of signings Manchester City have made this summer are Gabriel Jesus, Marlos Moreno and Oleksandr Zinchenko, pictured
Among the host of signings Manchester City have made this summer are Gabriel Jesus, Marlos Moreno and Oleksandr Zinchenko, pictured

Manchester City director of football Txiki Begiristain has stressed recruiting the best local young talent is just as important to the club as bringing in exciting prospects from overseas.

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Among the host of signings City have made this summer are 19-year-olds Gabriel Jesus, Marlos Moreno and Oleksandr Zinchenko - a Brazil forward, Colombia forward and Ukraine midfielder respectively - and 20-year-old Germany winger Leroy Sane.

While describing that quartet as being regarded by City as "some of the world's best young players in their positions", Begiristain has also emphasised the Blues' desire to take in youngsters from not so far afield.

Quoted by City's official website, Begiristain said: "Our global network of scouts are working continuously to identify and recruit the best young talent on the planet to develop with our methodology and coaching here in Manchester.

"Equally important to us is bringing in the best local talent from here in Manchester - we have a clear idea on how we want our young players to play and so we identify footballers who we believe can play in this style, no matter where they're from.

"It's been a really exciting summer for us, bringing in the likes of Gabriel Jesus, Marlos Moreno, Leroy Sane and Oleksandr Zinchenko, who we believe are some of the world's best young players in their positions, as well as seeing our academy develop talents like Tosin Adarabioyo, Angelino, Pablo Maffeo (and) Angus Gunn to step up and look at home around the first-team setup."

City's recent 1-0 victory over Steaua Bucharest at the Etihad Stadium saw new boss Pep Guardiola bring Manchester-born defender Adarabioyo, 18, on as a second-half substitute - his second senior appearance, following a start in the FA Cup against Chelsea last term.

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