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Academy Woes? Manchester City Struggling To Re-sign U-17 World Cup Winner, Joel Latibeaudiere

City’s Academy Is One Of The Best In England, So Why Can’t They Keep Their Best Players?

England U18 v South Africa U18 - International Match Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images

Manchester City are in a world of struggle in trying to resign England Under-17 World Cup-winning captain Joel Latibeaudiere.

Latibeaudiere, has yet to make his senior debut, but talks had started over extending his deal, which runs to 2020.

According to the BBC, City have balked at the wage demands of the young player. Latibeaudiere led England to victory in the Under-17 World Cup final against Spain last October.

That squad included forward Jadon Sancho, formerly of City, who left in search of more first team minutes. He found them with Borussia Dortmund playing in over 10 games for them.

That squad also included Phil Foden who featured in the season for City this year playing a small part in the Centurion accomplishment for the Premier League Winners.

Other notable players from the City academy have been Brahim Diaz who played this season for City and Kelechi Iheanacho, who has since moved on to Leicester City.

City have thrown serious money at developing a groundbreaking, new and innovative academy that is one of the best in the Premier League.

Finding a balance between a great academy and playing time for them in City’s first team is very hard. Thus, it’s no wonder some leave for more first team minutes.

The contracts for young players who have never appeared for the first-team, but are very promising like Latibeaudiere, are perhaps even trickier because of the need all across the world for great young talent. While not one of City’s most pressing needs it still is one bearing monitoring as this City team could use some youth.

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