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Former Man City youth player takes dig at old club for ‘merchandise’ treatment

Former Manchester City youngster Javairo Dilrosun has described the club’s habit of stockpiling talent as treating players like “merchandise”.

Dilrosun was one of the many highly-regarded young players to have not made the first team at City, having decided to quit the Etihad Stadium last summer when his contract expired.

The 20-year-old winger made a good start to life at his new club, Bundesliga side Hertha BSC, making headlines with his early performances. His form has dropped off somewhat since then, but he won his first call-up to the Netherlands national team and featured for 20 minutes in their recent draw with Germany.

In an interview with Dutch outlet ELF Voetbal, Dilrosun spoke quite negatively of City’s strategy of having many high quality players, but not using many of them – and attempting to sell them on for profit.

“City are like a company,” Dilrosun said. “Players are their merchandise.”

Otherwise, the youngster spoke well of Pep Guardiola, despite having limited experience with the Man City coach.

“I didn’t really speak much face to face with Guardiola, but I’ve learned so much from just watching him.

“He gave some great advice that made me a better player – details about my first touch for example.

“And he’s a very capable of explaining his tactics to his players.”

Dilrosun has 2 goals and 3 assists in 7 starts (9 appearances) for Hertha in the German top-flight this season and with his national team call-up, looks poised to have a bright future in the game.

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