Vieira insists starlets can benefit Champions City
Patrick Vieira believes Manchester City's new £200million training complex will help the club attract the best young players in the world - starting with the city itself. The Premier League champions have been based at the state-of-the-art City Football Academy since October, but officially opened the doors yesterday.
Vieira, who runs City's elite development squad, spent his playing days at the likes of Arsenal, Juventus and Inter Milan, but believes his new workplace puts the rest firmly in the shade.
"When we started training here with the boys I looked around and said 'how amazing'. I think this is one of the best, if not the best, facilities in the world," he said of the 80-acre base that was previously a polluted brownfield site.
"If we go into the market and we compete to bring young players or first team players in, having a facility like this can only help."