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Manchester City look to stave off the Financial Fair Play restictions with youth


Manchester City have been the one of the biggest spending clubs in the Premier League for the last several years, yet with the Financial Fair Play rules coming into effect in the near future, they have began to reassess their youth system in an attempt to counter the new rules.

The FFP rules will mean that City can no longer afford to spend big in the transfer market, which has become the norm since their billionaire sheikh owner took over. 

Before he bought the club, the City youth system was one of the best in the Premier League, producing a wealth of home grown talent such as Shaun Wright Phillips and Stephen Ireland and Nedum Onuoha.

Many of these players have since departed the club, with Ireland leaving having been named player of the year for the club only the season previously. However they do still have two first team players in defender Micah Richards, and goalkeeper mainstay Joe Hart. Both these England internationals came through the City ranks.

Marwood has moved swiftly to state that the current youngsters at the club have 'a long way to go' before they will be considered for the senior squad. Whilst on the subject of youth he also warned the young players not to try and emulate erratic striker Mario Balotelli. These comments came after the striker flew straight home having been substituted in City's last Premier League match.

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