Manchester City and the City Football Group continue to expand across the world, and with talk of a possible Chinese Super League club joining the organisation soon, Asia is clearly in their sights.
And as part of their close association with Nexen Tire, the official sleeve sponsor of Manchester City, the Blues are preparing to create a youth team in South Korea next year, according to local source MK.
“We are going to establish a youth team featuring Korean prospects with Manchester City next year,” an official who helps with Manchester City’s overseas business told MK.
In the past, English teams have held soccer schools in South Korea, but none have established a permanent presence in the country, something City are looking to change.
City’s strong partnership with Nexen Tire is having a positive impact on the creation of this plan. Nexen also strengthened its partnership with the UAE’s Mubadala Investment Company last month.
If a youth team is established as planned, it will give Korean hopefuls the opportunity to receive high-level training from the English club, and the idea would then be to import them to Europe, some of the better ones quite possibly to the City Football Academy.
Barcelona youngster Lee Seung-woo is pointed out as an example of how a Korean youngster can benefit with great training. The 19-year-old is very highly-rated and was recently scouted by Manchester City.