"The Academy has a reputation for not only producing good teams but excellent individual players within those teams," he told City's website.
"So many have come through into the first team over the last few years, but even now when the club is looking to break into the very top level some of those lads are staying in the team. Yes, the club will bring in new players, but there is still that nucleus of the young players as well. That's not just the case here, lots of clubs are doing it this way where the policy is not just based on spending money on bringing in new players.
"All the young players here have to do is watch the first team play and see Stephen Ireland, Micah Richards and Michael Johnson in there. They should look at them and say to themselves, 'they have been through the same system as me, they have had an opportunity and taken it, so can I'. But at the same I think they will understand that as the club develops, they will have to raise their standards to get to that level."