Pellegrini plans to use City academy

Last Updated: Fri, 07 Mar 2014 11:54

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini wants his side to copy Barcelona's model of balancing new signings with academy graduates.

City have spent heavily in recent years to become one of the Premier League's strongest, and most expensively assembled, sides, but Pellegrini hopes that the club can find a balance between bringing in players from elsewhere and producing their own.

Pellegrini's side face Barcelona in the Champions League on Wednesday and the City boss believes the Catalan giants have shown it is possible to bring players into the first team from the youth set-up and still challenge for the top prizes.

He told the Manchester Evening News: "It's important to promote young players, but also it's not always easy to promote them when you have a significant amount of money to buy players.

"During the past few years Barcelona have shown you can mix both.

"We aim to promote one or two players here from the academy and to continue being a competitive team, because if you want to be a formative team, it's very difficult to remain competitive in the short term."

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