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Leeds academy director Paul Hart makes vow over Manchester City

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New Leeds academy director Paul Hart says he wants to make moving to the likes of Manchester City inconsequential for youngsters.

Leeds United academy boss Paul Hart has been speaking to BBC Radio Leeds about how he wants players to resist temptation to move on from the club.

Leeds have one of the best academies in the country, but they are not immune to having players poached by Premier League teams.

The Yorkshire Evening Post reported last month that club owner Massimo Cellino was angered by Manchester City luring away an unnamed teenager from Leeds United's academy to join theirs.

Hart, returning for his third spell at the club, wants youngsters at Leeds to understand that there is no better place to progress their careers, than staying put.

He said: "We've got to create an environment where Manchester City are inconsequential. If you stay at this club you'll get in the first team."

Hart added that he has been really impressed by head coach Uwe Rosler, who has shown a keen interest in player development.

He said: "He wants to know who's progressing, I tell him from the under-16s, 18s, whose the next to keep an eye on to make the 21s. I speak to Mr Cellino to keep him informed as well. Football's a volatile industry but the club feels good."

Leeds have already shown willingness to bring players through from the academy, with Sam Byram, Alex Mowatt, Lewis Cook, Charlie Taylor and Kalvin Phillips progressing to the first team, and with Hart back at the helm of the academy, more are bound to follow.

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