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​Man City academy director Wilcox: We want to produce more Phil Foden's

Manchester City academy director Jason Wilcox has spoken about the ambitions of their youth setup.

City know that unearthing talent from their younger teams can save them hundreds of millions in the transfer market.

And they want to produce more talent such as midfielder Phil Foden, who is seen as one of the best talents in his age group.

"Phil's journey has been incredible," Wilcox told The National.

"When you look at a player who has high levels of technical ability, physically great, technically great, he ticks those boxes.

"Those kind of players can play for any manager, anywhere in the world. Our aim is to produce more Phil Fodens.

"We have internal targets that we are trying to produce as many players for our first team. We are not shying away from that."

He added: "When you are 18 and 19, it is very difficult to compete at this high level, game in, game out.

"When you look around the [top of the] Premier League in this age group there is probably only Trent Alexander-Arnold who is a regular. That tells its own story.

"When you have got players who have played in World Cup finals and European Cup finals, the younger players have to be patient and play their turn.

"When you see how Phil plays, every young player has to show this patience. I don't think you are going to win the Champions League with a team of 18-year-olds."

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