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Kompany: New £200M Man City complex will strengthen winning culture

Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany feels the club's new &pund;200 million training complex will boos their efforts to create a winning culture.

For Kompany, the real joy of City's new arrangements is that the first teamers will be able to guide the lads they hope will be the stars of the future.

"If you want to do things right, you need to create legacy and culture," he told the Mirror. "You want the young kids that come through the academy to be able to look up to those who are there playing in front of 50,000 every day. You don't get that if you have the youth at one site at Platt Lane and we are training outside of Manchester at Carrington.

"The fact we're in the heart of Manchester now means that we have a greater bond with the community and the surrounding areas, which are massively Blue.

"We might be a step behind Barcelona and Real Madrid in terms of their history of winning but that does not mean you cannot end up a step ahead of everyone.

"Within these walls there is a very high number of rules. You don't just come here and enjoy the comfort.

"There are a lot of things we [the first team] can see from the windows upstairs. If one of the kids is out of line, we can step in. We are there. Tell me what club can do that. What we do is directly reflected in what they will do.

"Am I interested enough to do that? Yeah. I'm passionate about it.

"There are other guys in the dressing room who are the same. Aleksandar Kolarov and Joe Hart among others. We are united about that.

"It's already happening. We share our facilities with the Under-21s sometimes and we saw some of the younger ones enjoying the Jacuzzi a bit too much.

"They have to learn about recovery, so we pulled them out of the Jacuzzi and told them about the cold pools. They're not as enjoyable as the Jacuzzi but the first team stepped in and made sure they did it.

"Within these walls, the youth players will not get the feeling of 'I can be a celebrity by making it as a footballer'. They are going to get the feeling of how hard it is to become a first team footballer. A lot of people underestimate that but here, they are going to feel it.

"Sure, they get a few perks. They don't have to brush their boots with soap and water, so you give them a bit. But what is expected of them here is a lot higher than anywhere else.

"I remember when I was a kid at Anderlecht that if one of the first team players said something to me it would become like gold that I could cherish for the rest of my life. The amount of opportunities we are going to get to do that here is fantastic."

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