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BVB chief Zorc: English youth development ahead of Germany

Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc admits England are outdoing Germany on youth development.

Zorc believes that the Three Lions' kids – and academy set-ups over here – are ­better than those in Germany.

Zorc, whose Dortmund side face Tottenham in a ­Champions League last 16 first leg at Wembley on Wednesday, said: “You can see it in the results. The English teams are reaching more Under-17, Under-19 finals ­compared to the German ones. It seems that they overtook us."

Zorc added: “Let's go back 10 years. There was a time that English clubs signed ­German ­players.

“There was a lot of talk here, 'It's all about money, too early for them to go to ­England.' But now we have the feeling that, 'Yeah, the education and ­development of players in the English academies is quite good, to be honest.'

“When you see these youth academies, for example Man City, it's much higher than ­German standards.

“I just read a figure of Man City — they've sold young ­players for more than £150million within the last five years."

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