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Manchester City v AC Milan, sponsorship deal part of blue print for growth

Manchester City bosses have worked over the last two years on a blueprint to provide a state of the art complex including new Academy facilities to nurture local talent and provide unrivalled leisure opportunities to the local community.

The Blues, multimillion sponsorship deal with Etihad will allow the club to rival or better AC Milan's Milanello, widely considered being the best in the world. It would also meet Premier League top standards for club academies providing a world-beating training ground, sixth form college and 5,000 seater youth team stadium available for community use.

Sir Richard Leese, council leader enthused:

"This new facility would help us continue to improve education and skills and will create jobs and other opportunities for local residents as well as being a further example of the club's investment in the area.

"It would be complementary to the area, which would combine together to fulfil our vision for East Manchester as a centre for elite sport."

Patrick Vieira who has been appointed the club's new football development executive, after hanging up his boots, has today launched a public consultation on the plans alongside bosses and under-15s academy protégé Kean Bryan.

George Moss

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