Bayern Munich president has high praise for Manchester City academy

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Karl-Heinz Rummenigge believes City have one of the best youth-set-ups in the world.

Manchester City, as we all well know, have spent plenty of money in recent times to get to the top of the Premier League ladder. They have splashed vast sums of cash on players that has helped take them to the Premier League title on two separate occasions and, if early signs are anything to go by, it looks like this season could be a third.

However, City do not just spend cash on the first-team. They have piled money into a revamped academy system under the guidance of former player Patrick Vieira and has caught the eye and admiration of other clubs around the globe. Including Bayern Munich.

Bayern president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has been singing the praises of City in an interview with Suddeutsche Zeitung today, stating:

"I've taken a look at Manchester City's youth academy and all I can say is it doesn't get any better than that.

"I have also visited Tottenham's, Arsenal's and Chelsea's and it's the same wherever you go.

"I can tell you that the English are going all out, also in terms of youth development."

Of course having the facilities is one thing, actually utilising them correctly is an entirely different beast.

City are still not producing anything like enough homegrown players and their youth system is currently packed full of foreign talent who, it appears when looking at the examples of Denis Suarez and Jose Pozo, will never make it at the club.

Whilst the academy may indeed be a cut above the rest, the benefits are yet to be reaped by the club.

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