Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has issued a shock assessment of the club’s under-performing academy, claiming that he will be forced to keep spending on new players if things don’t improve in the near future.
The Chilean boss is under huge pressure at the Etihad Stadium, with the club set to miss out on a trophy this season following a disappointing campaign, and has likely taken another risk by openly criticising his own side in such a way.
As the Sun reports, the club recently spent £200m on a brand new training ground, aimed at both helping the first-team and developing the club’s next crop of young stars.
City are struggling to keep-pace with the Premier League’s rules for home-grown players, and have been linked with a move for Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling, who is currently at the heart of a major contract saga with the Reds.
Pellegrini told reporters on Thursday: “I think it is important for big teams to bring in the best players, that is the most important thing. I think about the academy we must be patient. This club build all these things because young players are important.
“Maybe it is not always easy for young players especially in big teams to play in the professional squad but I am sure in the future we will have important players to come from the academy and will be part of our squad.”