Pellegrini plans for City to focus on youngsters

New manager says the fair-play rules initiated by the league this year will see clubs looking more to development of their own junior talent

PUBLISHED : Friday, 12 July, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 12 July, 2013, 4:34am


Manuel Pellegrini admits part of his role as Manchester City manager will be to help nurture young talent and save the club spending heavily on transfer fees.

City, who were bought by Sheikh Mansour's Abu Dhabi United Group in 2008, have been the Premier League's biggest spenders in the transfer market in recent years.

But financial fair-play rules have been introduced in a bid to curtail the spending of clubs such as City and Pellegrini, who on Wednesday spoke to the media for the first time since he was appointed as Roberto Mancini's successor, seemed to suggest a slight departure from that policy.

"We have to have a different style here in the club," Pellegrini said. "I mean a different style in the way Man City must work in the next few years.

"It is impossible every year to buy three, four, five expensive players. We need a mix with young players, who work exactly the same as the first team, and as the under-21s.

"There are a lot of things we can improve. What Roberto Mancini and the other coaches have done we will continue working at and adding different things."

City have included two potential stars of the coming season in their squad for the Barclays Asia Trophy in Hong Kong later this month, forwards Denis Suarez and Devante Cole.

Suarez was City's young-player-of-the-year last season and appeared for Spain at this summer's Fifa under-20 World Cup.

Cole is looking to follow in the footsteps of his famous father Andy Cole, a City player in the 2005-06 season. Also in the squad are new signings Fernandinho and Jesus Navas, plus stars such as David Silva, Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero.

Manchester City chief executive Ferran Soriano was quoted recently as saying that he wanted Pellegrini to win five trophies in the next five years.

Former Malaga boss Pellegrini, 59, knows he will be under pressure to compete for all trophies on all fronts, but the Chilean believes that is only part of his mandate at Eastlands.

As a coach, of course, we always want immediate success. If that will bring us trophies, perfect. In the same way we are working with young players and we will continue to

"As a coach, of course, we always want immediate success," he added. "If that will bring us trophies, perfect, we have more chances to win that way. In the same way we are working with young players and we will continue to.

"I'm here not only to win trophies, I am here to work with young players."

I'm here not only to win trophies, but to work with young players
Manuel Pellegrini

"To win trophies is very important but I am not here just for that. I will do my job here completely with Ferran, with Txiki Begiristain (Manchester City sporting director), with Patrick Vieira (elite development squad manager) also working with young players."

Pellegrini has already boosted his squad with the signings of Brazil midfielder Fernandinho from Shakhtar Donetsk for £30 million (HK$346 million) and Spain winger Navas from Sevilla for £15 million.

And the City manager confirmed a player's nationality would not be an important issue when asked whether he would target any English players.

"We need good players, yes. Good English, Argentinian, South American players. We are trying to have a strong squad in all positions," Pellegrini said.

"We will see. I am sure that players can arrive when we are on the club's tour of South Africa and Hong Kong. We are not in a hurry."


Manchester City’s squad for Barclays Asia Trophy, Hong Kong Stadium, July 24 & 27

Goalkeepers: Hart, Pantilimon, Wright, Johansen

Defenders: Zabaleta, Maicon, Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Nastasic, Boyata, Clichy, Kolarov, Facey

Midfielders: Fernandinho, Milner, Nasri, Sinclair, Garcia, Silva, Rodwell, Barry, Toure, Razak, Huws

Forwards: Suarez, Navas, Aguero, Dzeko, Nimely, Guidetti, Cole