Manchester City: 5 Sky Blues Teenagers Set to Become Stars
Manchester City may have spent a fortune over the last several years to ensure that their first team are top notch.
However, while the senior team have taken all of the press, their younger reserve and academy squads are full of young talent fighting for their chance to break into the clubs elite.
The club are quietly building a foundation for the future and the cream of the crop are beginning to become noticed around the league after some strong performances of players out of loan in the past seasons.
This year could see Roberto Mancini start to blood some of his youngsters against lesser competition in the league and potentially in the coming FA Cup ties later in the season.
He may be just past his teenage years but there is no doubt Manchester City's 20-year-old Swedish striker John Guidetti is tipped as a future star by his club.
Having just signed a new four-year contract in the last 24 hours, as announced by Goal.com, it is certain that the Eastlands' side is agreed that he is destined to make a name for himself in sky blue.
Guidetti spent last season on loan with Dutch Eredivisie aside Feyenoord Rotterdam scoring 20 goals in 23 appearances for the Holland Giants.
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Denis Suarez has a great amount of expectation riding on his future after his move from Celta Vigo in May 2011.
The 18-year-old is thought to be a potential future replacement for David Silva and made his debut for the club last season during preseason.
There is a chance that he could go out of loan before the fall is over, but there have been no confirmed reports throughout the news.
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Manchester City U18's fullback Ashley Smith-Brown continues to work his way through the ranks of Manchester City since joining the club at the age of 9.
The 16-year-old continues to keep pushing through whatever challenges he faces and is making his mark on the current U18's season for the Sky Blues, according to his recent comments made to MCFC.co.uk.
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Young 19-year-old Serbian defender Matija Nastasic broke through into the Fiorentina first team last season and soon caught the eye of Italian Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini.
The club manager was keen to add new blood to his defense this season and Nastasic is set to achieve greatness in the long term at Eastlands.
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Another U18 squad member is 17-year-old Netherlands youth international Karim Rekik. The youngster broke through as a regular for Portsmouth during a loan spell in the 2011-12 season and hopes to have his chance at some point to impress his parent club.