Mancalona? Manchester City receive more Spain U17 call-ups than Barcelona and Real Madrid

Manchester City’s City Football Academy is awash with talent at every age group after years of hard work and investment to establish the Blues’ youth system as one of the world’s finest.

It has taken a while, but we’re finally starting to see the results, with Phil Foden, Brahim Diaz and Tosin Adarabioyo – two of those Mancunian lads – in Pep Guardiola’s first team squad and getting minutes this season.

Equally exciting prospects are in the academy set-up, with 16-year-old Tommy Doyle, grandson of City legends Mike Doyle and Glyn Pardoe, for example considered one of Europe’s best talents in his age group – and they come from all over the world.

Such is the wealth of Spanish talent that City have in the CFA, the club has received more call-ups for the Spain under-17 squad than any other club, including Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.

Eric Garcia, Alpha Richard Dionkou and Nabil Touazi have all been summoned for this month’s U17 games, meaning City have three representatives, while Barça, Atleti and Real Madrid have two each.

Garcia, who was considered one of La Masia’s greatest hopes, was signed from Barcelona last summer, while Touazi arrived earlier from Valencia and Diounkou was snapped up from Mallorca.

Meanwhile, Brahim Diaz has been called up by Spain’s under-19 squad for their own fixtures. Squad lists for the under-21s and senior Spain side will be announced later this week, with Pablo Maffeo likely to be involved with the U21s and the ever-present David Silva no doubt in line to add to his 118 Spain caps.

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