Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini praises young duo

Manuel Pellegrini

The manager has taken a number of youngsters with them on pre-season and is enthused by what he has seen.

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has praised youngsters Kelechi Iheanacho and Manu Garcia, speaking to the club’s official website.

The manager has taken a number of youngsters on the club’s pre-season tour this summer, with that duo and several others having featured against the likes of Roma and Real Madrid.

Iheanacho in particular impressed with a fine finish against the Italians in their 2-2 draw earlier this week, and their boss has praised them, saying they both have an important future at the club.

"I'm happy because in the last two games we played with two very young players, Kelechi and Manu Garcia,” he told mcfc.co.uk.

“Both of them will have an important future in our team. Both of them will have an important future in our team. This club is not just thinking about this season, it's important to look to the future.”

Manchester City right to go with youth

The decision to go with youth is certainly a good one from City, as in the simplest terms they will need to comply with the ever growing home grown quotas being imposed on club’s.

It is clearly something they are aware of, with Fabian Delph also arriving at the Etihad this summer. Beyond that though, it will allow the club to be a more sustainable outfit in future, with them developing their own talent rather than having to pay big money to secure it from elsewhere.

The big question of course, is whether the young players will get the game time required to develop at City, with their star filled squad a hard one to break into.

Perhaps they will then use the loan market to their advantage, with sides likely to be keen to take players off of them, especially if they can continue to show what they can do in pre-season.

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