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Manchester City to sign new Scholes, Giggs and Beckham

Manchester City is not only looking to build a new 80-acre training complex but wants to attract the very best UK talent. In the past players of the calibre of Scholes, Giggs and Beckham have been drawn to Old Trafford but as the club seeks to overtake Manchester United in the Premier League they are looking to build a team with a core of home grown talent.

City, who have unearthed just four prospects in the Premier League era, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Micah Richards, Stephen Ireland and Joey Barton out of the 38 graduates and have spent three years examining 30 of the world's finest sporting facilities, incorporating the best ideas into the spectacular facility.

As Patrick Vieira says "player development in England has to improve and hopes Manchester City's new 80-acre training complex can help the situation."

City unveiled ambitious plans for a site alongside Etihad Stadium on Monday and the Frenchman, City's football development executive, told local press that it is important that his employers are taking significant steps to address the issue.

"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.

"I don't know why. I would be the wrong person to ask, but it matters to this club."

Chief football operations officer Brian Marwood explains

"Barcelona are the benchmark, having something like eight home-grown players playing in the Champions League final.

"You also look over the years at what Manchester United have done, you even look at what Crewe Alexandra have done. Middlesbrough are another great example of how you can develop players through into your first team. We have had success at that but we want to create a more enhanced model."

Vieira is committed to make the club's core a local one.

"I think as a football club you always want to see young players coming from the local community and that facility will give them the chance to show their skills and to improve," he adds.

"It will be fantastic if, in five or six years, we have a few players from Manchester.

George Moss

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