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Manchester City identify new loan partner club in England’s Championship – report

Pep Guardiola was so impressed by Lee Johnson’s Bristol City in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg that he may now send some of Manchester City’s most exciting young players to the Ashton Gate Stadium on loan.

City’s current policy is to send promising starlets to the Netherlands with NAC Breda or Girona FC in Spain, but they have no such partner club in England primarily because lower league clubs tend not to adapt a similar football philosophy to that of Guardiola’s.

However, according to the Daily Mail, Blues bosses are said to be ‘pleased’ to have found a Championship club which has a similar philosophy in the form of Bristol City, and that could lead to a partnership forming.

Bristol City boss Johnson regularly visited City’s training ground when he managed Oldham and could soon benefit from some of the best talents from one of the world’s best academies.

City are looking for a club in England to help develop their players, but one which puts a focus on skill and tactics, and may have found the answer from the team they hope to eliminate from the Carabao Cup this Tuesday.

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