Manchester City's best academy players for the future
It has been clearly shown by clubs like Manchester United, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Ajax that academy players are very important in a club's growth. Many great players like Messi, Giggs, Beckham, Guardiola and Lahm have been nurtured in the academy and brought into the first team, rather than from the transfer market.
Since the takeover in 2008, Manchester City have bought a lot of players in the transfer market but they have also turned their academy into a state-of-art facility which has attracted many budding talents to the Etihad.
Here are 5 of City's best Academy players to watch out for in the future
Brahim Diaz(Midfielder, 18):
There are very few youth players who have had the privilege of being given a private tour of Camp Nou, Brahim Diaz was one of the lucky ones and he was shown around by none other than Lionel Messi, this alone speaks volumes about the talent he had at the minor age of 10.
He was 7 when Spanish side Malaga picked him up from local side Tiro Pichon after he impressed their scouts with his talent, his talent started attracting attention and soon Barcelona and Real Madrid came calling, but somehow, Malaga managed to keep their prized possession with them till 2015 before Mansour-backed Manchester City signed him for £300,000.
City must be thankful to former manager Manuel Pellegrini who was pivotal in Diaz's decision in selecting Man City over Madrid or Barcelona. This fleet-footed playmaker has been enjoying his time at City where he has already made his first-team debut at 17 years of age, and was a part of City's pre-season tour in the USA this year where he scored a wonderful goal from distance against Los Blancos.
He is also an integral part of City's EDS team where he recorded 7 goals in 17 games last season. This season he has continued his fine form with 2 goals in 6 games
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He is also a part of Spain's youth program and plays for their under-17 side. Diaz was a part of La Roja U-17 European championship campaign where he scored 3 goals and finished runners-up behind Portugal.