A sixth City player has been added to the England squad for the forthcoming U20 World Cup in Egypt, forward player and Liberian wonderkid, Alex Nimely has been called up
Gunnar Nielsen, Javan Vidal, Sylvinho,Dedryck Boyata, Nedum Onuoha,Scott Kay, Robbie Mak,Abdisalam Ibrahim,David Ball, James Poole,Karl Moore
Subs: Tobias Johansen(GK), Gregg Cunningham,Tom Smith, Aahmad Benali, Jack Redshaw
City were due to play United at Altrincham in the Manchester Senior cup on Thursday 24th September. This has presumably been postponed because of both sides involvement in cup games next week
Former Wales striker Neil Roberts has left Welsh side Rhyl to take up a new post with Manchester City. He will head a project which will see him nurturing the talents of young footballers from Abu Dhabi
He will be working with a number of 15 and 16 year olds, assisting with their football development, their education and being their chaperone during their Time in the UK
Leeds United are furious with City over the capture of two youngsters
They are furious about losing 14 year olds Louis Hutton and George Swann
A Leeds insider commented “We want to be compensated for our two players; we believed we had reached a deal with City, but they reneged on it. It was suppose to be going to a tribunal; but it appears they are stalling. They have asked for it to be postponed due to illness
Vicky Kloss at City commented “We have applied for a postponement on the basis that two of our central figures are unable to make the appointment. The key figure has signed off sick for a month. There has been no reneging on the offer. Our original offer to Leeds was not deemed acceptable to them and so, as is the standard procedure in these matters, the case has gone to a tribunal”
Manchester City have been accused of tapping up Swansea’s 15-year-old winger Emyr Huws,
Alan Nixon writes: "Huws, 15, is training with the Eastlands club even though he is on Swansea's books and the Welsh side claim he is being privately educated at a Yorkshire boarding school, with
Manchester City paying the fees."
Nixon adds: "If Huws signs for City, Swansea could demand as much as £500,000 in compensation and are ready to go to FIFA if they are not satisfied with the settlement for a midfielder rated the best young Welsh footballer since Ryan Giggs."
Huws turns 16 in late October when he can sign for City but Swansea are compiling a dossier which they will present to the FA in order to receive compensation. He has represented Wales at Under-17 level and has been with Swansea for six years.
A Swansea official said: "We would ideally like the player to come back to us but that's not going to happen. However, there will have to be proper compensation."
In response a spokesman for Manchester City said: "The compensation procedure is something that is standard when two clubs cannot agree a fee."
England U20s Head Coach Brian Eastick has named his squad for the World Cup tournament which takes place in Egypt later this month.
Which includes 5 City players
THE father of one of the two youngsters who quit Leeds United to join Manchester City during the summer has revealed fears over his son's career stalling at the League One club was behind the decision.
George Swan, son of former Leeds player Peter,
joined fellow 14-year-old Louis Hutton in moving from the United Academy in a transfer that is likely to see a fee set by a tribunal.
City offered £70,000 for the pair but were turned down flat by Leeds
In the case of 14-year-old George Swan, however, his dad Peter insists the only reason behind the move to Manchester City was to improve the teenager's chances of making the grade.
The former United defender said: "In George's case, his decision to leave was entirely down to feeling his career was not developing.
"The next two years are vital and will probably make or break whether he has a professional career in the game.
"The straw that broke the camel's back came one night at home about six or seven months ago. I was in the other room but overheard George talking to his mum in the kitchen.
"He basically said 'Mum, I am not happy at the Academy and don't feel to be learning anything'. I went into the kitchen and asked him what was going on.
"He hadn't wanted to tell me because I played for Leeds and know many of the people involved at Thorp Arch.
"But having signed at the age of nine when it was a Premier League set-up, George felt it had declined. He feels the coaching is not what it was and that there has been too much staff turnover.
"People may point the finger at George, Louis, Luke Garbutt or the two lads (Michael Woods and Tom Taiwo) who went to Chelsea, but they are missing the point.
"Leeds are a massive club but I don't think they think big enough when it comes to the Academy.
"Young lads are starting to leave and you have to ask why. Other parents are concerned as well but are too scared to say anything in case it jeopardises their kid's future.
"If Leeds are to get back to where we all know they belong, something will have to be done. More funding has to be put in."
United declined to comment last night but are likely to point to the number of youngsters who have come through the ranks at Elland Road in recent years.
Fabian Delph is the most high profile Academy graduate following his £6m move to Aston Villa but Ben Parker and Jonny Howson have also become regulars, while Aidan White earned England Under-17 honours last season after breaking into the first team.
Despite that, Swan feels his son George, who turns 15 on Saturday and was invited for trials by England last month, made the right decision to join City.
He said: "My boy was in tears when he left Leeds. He even said on the day he signed for City that he still wanted to play for Leeds one day.
"But he said City just feels right. If I had been in his shoes, I might have chosen elsewhere because in my career I made sure that each move was right for me financially.
"But George opted for City even though there was no money in it.
"Already, he is benefiting as the medical team have discovered he has one leg longer than the other, which is quite common, so he now wears specially adapted boots.
"City believe this could have been the reason for the niggling injuries he has suffered. He was at Leeds for five years and yet
no one ever spotted this."
Following the Chelsea ban on the signing off Kakuta, I suppose it is not expected that other clubs will now feel that have been hard done to in losing players and the latest allegedly involves City
Seventeen-year-old defender Jeremy Helan, the former captain of the France Under 16 side, joined City in 2008.
Rennes' technical director, Pierre Dreossi, claimed that the French side had no contact with City before Helan's switch and issued a stark warning about the Eastlands club's behaviour
Dreossi said: 'Manchester City must now realise the consequences of their attitude in the Hélan case as it is even more illegal than Kakuta.
'We have referred this to Fifa. For us it was strange to have no discussion from City and now, in the week after the Fifa declaration on Chelsea, I would hope that it will be the same thing for Manchester City.
'Kakuta signed up for just a possibility of a full contract. For Hélan there was definitely one there, under the terms of the pre-contract agreement, because he had played for his country
As reported here at MCRAA several weeks ago:
BRIAN Kidd has returned to Manchester City as technical development manager at the club's academy.
His brief will be to coach both the talented youngsters coming through Platt Lane and also head up the in-service training of the staff.
City's football administration officer Brian Marwood said: "Brian has vast experience at both club and international level.
"He will help maintain the excellent development programme we have in place at the academy," said Marwood.
"He was much in demand when it became clear he wasn't going to stay at Portsmouth and we are delighted that Brian has chosen to come and work with us."
Times of Malta reports that :
James Paris, who has been at the Manchester City FC youth academy for the last couple of years after being signed from Pietà Hotspurs, has just penned a professional contract with the club from Eastlands.
Paris, 17, becomes the first Maltese youngster to sign professionally for an English Premier League club. He has worked hard for this opportunity and deserves this chance. But his task won't be easy with the richest club in the world now able to buy anyone they want thanks to the heavy investment put in by the Abu Dhabi owners.
However, Paris is a determined quality player and has vowed to give his 100 per cent commitment and effort to try and force his way into the senior squad in the future
With just hours of the transfer deadline left to go Clayton McDonald has joined Walsall on loan
He's a talented young lad," said Hutchings. "Obviously with the resources that Manchester City have at their disposal, he needs to get first-team games under his belt and this is a great club for him to come to on loan and show what he can do.
"Having played alongside his dad, Rod, here back in 1990, I know all about his background and what he is about and similarly, he will know what I am all about.
"I'd like to thank Manchester City for allowing him to come here and I am looking forward to working with him.
"He is strong in the air, tackles well and can play He will benefit greatly from the experience that he will get here."
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