New York City FC chief Claudio Reyna unsure on signing loan players from Manchester City

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Defenders Shay Facey and Angelino both played on loan at City's MLS-based sister club last season, but it remains to be seen whether other Blues prospects will make the same short-term move in 2016.

New York City FC sporting director Claudio Reyna says the team will explore the opportunity to take some players on loan from sister club Manchester City towards the end of pre-season.

Reyna was speaking on Wednesday at Patrick Vieira’s first press conference as NYCFC head coach since being appointed Jason Kreis’ successor in early November, a few weeks after the club’s inaugural season ended with a disappointing eighth-place finish in the Eastern Conference.

The former Arsenal and France midfielder had previously been managing Man City’s Elite Development Squad since May 2013 and played a key role in nurturing the likes of Shay Facey and Angelino, who both spent time on loan in New York in 2015.

With his familiarly with the Premier League side’s young players, more Blues prospects had been widely expected to arrive at Yankee Stadium in the near future, but Reyna has stressed that they will see how their roster takes shape over the coming weeks before making a decision on whether to bring anyone over from across Atlantic.

"We're looking at it," the former US national team captain said. “Obviously, having Patrick Vieira as the head coach certainly will help. He was the manager of Man City's Elite Development Squad last year and he knows the strengths and weaknesses of every player.

"Patrick will know the players that we may be able to bring on loan better than anybody, so right now, there's no update of a player joining us. We will see how our squad is filled out in the preseason.

"I think we have the opportunity and luxury to perhaps add a player towards the end of our preseason. We're focusing on right now shaping the squad without using a Manchester City loan player. It's not to say we may not have one join us in a couple of week or towards the end of preseason."

Reyna was also eager to talk up Vieira’s managerial credentials on Wednesday, having seen the appointment come in for criticism in some MLS circles due to the historically poor track record of foreign coaches in the league.

While highly-rated back in Europe, the 39-year-old Frenchman will have to quickly learn the unique rules and intricacies of MLS roster building and get to grips with the league’s arduous travel schedule, all while adjusting to his first senior coaching role.

As esteemed as his playing career was, it is a task which many believe may prove too much for the former World Cup winner, although Reyna is obviously not one of those doubters.

“I just think he has all the tools to succeed as a top manager," he told reporters. "We're very fortunate to have him. The leadership he has to really drive this club forward. We want to have success. He commands respect from everybody and the team.

"As a player, whether you are a DP or a young player, they're all looking forward to have Patrick to learn from and to lead as well, and that was one of the key factors to it. We needed a personality that could lead, that can take the pressure that comes with this job and this role.

"Patrick's playing career has done it all. So he can handle it. It's very important to have a calming influence within the team and the squad. For me, it was clear. Never mind his soccer background. ... Really, his desire to succeed. Those were the key factors."

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