It's a shame because I would've liked to see him play for us more, because I like him quite a bit as a player and he has a ton of potential. Thought the subtext was pretty obvious there.I find comments like this strange, of course it worked out for him here.
He came here as a kid, and he's grown up, learned his trade, been educated by our club, he's now got his dream move to Real Madrid, it has definitely worked out for him here, what it hasn't done is worked out for City, but that is down to the fact we have better players ahead of him.
The very best of luck to him, and I'm glad he's enjoyed being at our club, our fans, and growing up in Manchester.
Some of us i think keep a romantic notion about academy and youth players coming through. The reality is very very few will because we can't afford any slips this may create. We are in a better position than most other top teams though as our depth in quality throughout the squad is very high in general. This enables us to carry a young lad whilst he gets in sync with playing at the highest level. When i say very very few, i should elaborate and say in a short space of time.
Some players who come through will be like finding a diamond the size of an apple. The position will be weak due to retirement etc leaving just one player who knows the position well. Nobody will be available at a reasonable fee then comes along a youngster from the academy who shows real promise and kicks on. That is what we should limit ourselves to imo in order to avoid disappointment. The rest will get a fine football and academic education whilst we get a nice fee and clauses that are beneficial to us and could come in handy in the future.
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