Building a new City


Since that epic finale to last season’s English Premier League, and having clinched their much famed £1billion title, Manchester City have begun work on a £100 million training complex. It is said to be modeled around the La Masia football academy in Barcelona, which is known to have produced world class talent like Iniesta, Xavi and of course Lionel Messi. With financial fair play regulations set to be enforced in the near future, Manchester City intends to focus on developing and nurturing talent themselves. Brian Marwood, believes it is an investment in the future and hopes that the big-spending days for the club are now a thing of the past.

He said: “We’ve done it [spent big], but it’s not the long-term plan. What we are trying to do here is to lessen the spend in future years by increasing the quality we get through the system.

“We can’t expect our owners to continue spending at the rate we have been for the last three or four years. This is where we have to start. We have to change.”

City’s new Etihad campus will be completed in two years and is certain to elevate their status even further across Europe, with the 80-acre site including the academy, 16 full-sized pitches and a first-team training building.

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