Extract: Man City Enforce Academy Stars Wear Black Boots

Extract: Man City Enforce Academy Stars Wear Black Boots

The following originally appeared in the Daily Mail and can be viewed by clicking the following link.

“All Manchester City academy stars must wear black boots as they rise through the ranks.

Club chiefs want players to remain grounded as they are learning their trade and academy policy dictates that colourful footwear is not permitted.

New recruits are told about the guidelines as part of informal guidance offered when they are introduced to the City Football Academy.

Those from the Under 18s down all sport black boots as part of City’s holistic approach from top to bottom.
They believe it plays a role in promoting respect, with the academy’s remit to prepare rounded individuals in readiness for Pep Guardiola’s first team.Those from the Under 18s down all sport black boots as part of City’s holistic approach from top to bottom.

They believe it plays a role in promoting respect, with the academy’s remit to prepare rounded individuals in readiness for Pep Guardiola’s first team.

There has been a drive at City to invest in youth which is beginning to bear fruit with a selection of the best handed professional debuts over the last year.

At only 17, Brahim Diaz is the latest to make the leap into Guardiola’s squad after an appearance in the EFL Cup against Swansea and City reckon more will follow.

The boot rule is in line with other policies around the training ground, although is not a Guardiola initiative itself.

What has changed as a result of the Catalan’s appointment is players being unable to use the internet in certain areas of the CFA.What has changed as a result of the Catalan’s appointment is players being unable to use the internet in certain areas of the CFA.

The in-house Wi-Fi has been disconnected in some dressing rooms, while 3G cannot be obtained either.
Guardiola hopes that will help create a stronger team spirit within the camp as players talk instead of becoming distracted by their phones.

City’s players are eating meals together at the training base and also after matches at the Etihad Stadium as part of the first-team shake-up this season.

They are no longer required to sleep at the CFA before home fixtures, and are instead allowed to spend nights with their family.”

The above originally appeared in the Daily Mail and can be viewed by clicking the following link.

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