Manchester City's Vincent Kompany outlines plans to become the best

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany believes the Premier League champions will soon be as big as Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Manchester City have thrown the doors open to their multi-million pound training complex situated just a stone’s throw away from the Etihad Stadium.

The City Football Academy has cost the Premier League champions around £200 million, but they consider that to be money well spent and a sound investment in the future.

Everyone connected with the club is now housed under one roof, with academy hopefuls rubbing shoulders with household names from the first team ranks.

City believe that will prove beneficial in the long run, with the stars of tomorrow able to study and learn from those who have been there and done it.

Club captain Vincent Kompany is among those buying into the long-term vision, with it his opinion that City have given themselves the opportunity to compete with other global superpowers such as Real Madrid and Barcelona.

He told the Daily Mirror: “If you want to do things right, you need to create legacy and culture.

“You want the young kids that come through the academy to be able to look up to those who are there playing in front of 50,000 every day. You don’t get that if you have the youth at one site at Platt Lane and we are training outside of Manchester at Carrington.

“The fact we’re in the heart of Manchester now means that we have a greater bond with the community and the surrounding areas, which are massively Blue.

"We might be a step behind Barcelona and Real Madrid in terms of their history of winning but that does not mean you cannot end up a step ahead of everyone.”

How long it takes City to take that ‘step’ remains to be seen, with sustained success having to be enjoyed over a prolonged period of time.

Sheikh Mansour has helped to take the club onto a whole new level, though, with his continued financial backing putting down the sturdiest of foundations.

It is not difficult to imagine a day when City stand alongside the great and good of the European game, but there is plenty of work to do before then – starting with Wednesday’s crucial Champions League clash with Roma.

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