Man City core must come from academy - Soriano

Manchester City chief Ferran Soriano says their goal is to have half the first team come from the Academy. Soriano came to City from Barcelona during the season.

Manchester City chief Ferran Soriano says their goal is to have half the first team come from the Academy.

Soriano came to City from Barcelona during the season.

"You can’t go to the market every year and buy the most expensive players. That’s not to say we won’t be signing expensive players. We will.

"But the objective — the vision — is to have a team where at least half of the players will be home grown City players.

"What we want is a football concept so that the basic way we play is shared by the whole organisation. From young teams all the way to the first team. We are asking the new manager to have close collaboration with the youth football and to work together to achieve this.

"Teams that have won consistently in the past have a core of players that are home grown. I have seen it to the extreme in Barcelona and you have seen it at [Manchester]United."

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