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Chong, Burkart deals shows Man Utd still a desirable club – Butt

Nicky Butt has stated that the signings of Tahith Chong and Nishan Burkart proves that Manchester United remain a desirable destination for promising young players from around the world.

United have historically been a club which gives youngsters a chance to shine in the first team but the Red Devils philosophy seems to have changed in recent times as they have instead looked to purchase world class names for big fees rather than integrate players from their academy.

While the new policy at the clubs seems to have discouraged youngsters to join United, youth team manager Butt has stated the signings of Chong, from Feyenoord, and Nishan Burkart, from FC Zurich, proves that the Red Devils remain an attractive destination for talented young players.

The 41-year-old told the Manchester Evening News: "Bringing in Chong and Burkart was really the first time in a while that we have actually gone into Europe and bought players.

"Pretty much every club in this country was after those two boys. Tahith has everything you expect of a young player to became top level and so does Nishan.

"Both Nishan's parents are ex-Olympians so he has that in his blood. Tahith is 6ft one already, broad shoulders, a little waist. The pair of them are well built, perfect sizes, athletes.

"We have a good starting point with these two boys. They have good ability and really good self belief, which you have to have at this club.

"We are starting them at a higher level (than normal 16-year-old newcomers) to get them to the highest level rather than starting from a lower rung.

"We have to bed them into the club, into life around Manchester and knowing the club and building their bodies up so the step to Under-23s won't be massive for them.

"We then need to make sure the step from the 23s to the first team isn't massive as well. We are really positive about them two. But there are a load more we are excited about. It is a really positive group."

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