Pellegrini: The door is open for South African talent at Man City

It is almost every SA footballers dream to play in England, and the Man City manager says he will keep an eye on the developing talent

After arriving in the country, new City manager Manuel Pellegrini told the South African media that the door is open for their aspiring footballers.

“Most definitely. The door is open for players, to either join our academies, or grow from there, or even more, to be part of the senior teams.

“We will be looking at players who show commitment and the skills that we need,” said Pellegrini.

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Though, realistically, it should be known that its only easy for Bafana internationals to get a work permit in England. Most youngsters use the likes of Belgium as a stepping stone to prove their quality, while gaining caps.

Furthermore to make it into City's squad you have to be amongst the best players in the world in your position. Pellegrini added that he will be using this tour to test his combinations ahead of the new season.

“It really feels good to be here. The atmosphere is great and I am hoping that we will display great football and try new combinations,” he said.

Man City will take on SuperSport United on their first encounter on Sunday, then finish off with AmaZulu FC next Thursday during former SA President Nelson Mandela’s birthday at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.