Manchester City’s plans for a new 80-acre training complex could solve the lack of player development in England.
Patrick Vieira believes this new training complex, unveiled on Monday to be next to the Etihad Stadium, will produce a number of future stars of the English game.
“England does not produce as much talent as it should based on the passion for the game and the number of kids who are playing,” says the former France international.
Despite the multi-million pound investment of Sheikh Mansour, Manchester City have had one of the most successful academy systems in England.
Shaun Wright-Phillips, Daniel Sturridge, Joey Barton, Stephen Ireland and Micah Richards have all came from Eastlands.
Chief football operations officer Brian Marwood is extremely proud of the club’s achievements but admits that most of the graduates do not come from the Manchester area and that is something they will need to improve on.
The new complex is estimated to take around 3-4 years to complete, subject to planning permission.
The complex will hold 15 full-sized pitches, 2 half-sized pitches, a 7,000 seater stadium amongst state-of-the-art facilities and accommodation.
As Manchester City look to make a real mark in Europe, they are looking upto Barcelona as their main idols. Barcelona fielded 8 academy graduates in a Champions League final.