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Guardiola is like Big Brother for the Man City academy, says youngster

Date Posted,April 16, 2017

Pep Guardiola has become the Big Brother in the Manchester City academy and is keeping a close eye on the next crop of youngsters who could break into the first-team.

Guardiola is quickly stamping his authority throughout the club as he looks to build on his success at Barcelona and help turn City into one of the major forces in European football.

It is not just the first-team that the Spanish coach is focusing his efforts on, but the rising stars in the youth team are also grabbing his attention.

Pep is determined to build another empire at Manchester City (Photo: AFP/Getty)

The City youngsters are currently preparing for the first leg of the FA Youth Cup Final at the CFA Stadium on Tuesday night and according to the Manchester Evening News , they don’t mind the attention one little bit.

Indeed, Brahim Diaz , one of the most promising products of the City talent factory, has welcomed the added pressure of knowing the first-team manager is taking such a keen interest.

“Pep is always watching our games,” Brahim told City’s official website . “Even if he is not here, he is watching our clips. He loves football and he will be watching us, especially in the Youth Cup, because he likes to watch the youth team.”

Brahim Diaz is rated one of the best young talents in the City academy (Photo: Daily Mirror)

Brahim made his first-team debut for the Blues this season, as a substitute in the EFL Cup win at Swansea, while Stockport lad Phil Foden has also had a place on the bench and England youth player Jadon Sancho, who has only just turned 17, have caught the eye.

Guardiola has already dangled a big carrot in front of the young players, by promising to take four or five of them with him on the pre-season tour of the USA.

And he has made it plain that they won’t be just along for the ride – they will be auditioning for places in the first-team squad next season.

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