'I have not got a bad word to say about Manchester City' - Rodwell

The England Under-21 international has hit back at former winger Adam Johnson's recent suggestions that young English talent is being wasted at the Etihad Stadium
Manchester City midfielder Jack Rodwell has dismissed recent suggestions that the club waste young English talent, insisting he is happy at the Etihad Stadium.

England wideman Adam Johnson recently made the accusations, after ending a frustrating spell with City in order to search out first-team football with Sunderland.

But Rodwell, who joined Roberto Mancini's side from Everton for £12 million over the summer, has hit back at the claims.

“I’m young and English. I’ve not got a bad word to say about City. If they want you and sign you, then they have got intent for you," he told reporters.
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“I was not guaranteed a starting place at Everton. I had a lot of injuries, Darron Gibson and Marouane Fellaini were in form, so it was a push for me to get in that side.

“But when the champions come knocking, it’s hard to refuse.”

The 21-year-old also revealed that he has found a change in training methods difficult to cope with, after spending 14 years with the Toffees.

“It has been hard to adjust. I was at Everton from the age seven," he continued.

“Being there 14 years meant any move was going to be big. The methods and styles are very different. The respective managers are very different.

“The standard of training is amazing.”

The Southport-born midfielder went on to admit he once held growing concerns over the injury problems which blighted the latter part of his Everton career, but believes he has finally got over the issue.

“The injury happened about five or six times in a row. After the third time, I started to ask some serious questions," he added.

“It wasn’t as if they were major tears, they were just tiny grade ones. But they just kept recurring. I went to see Hans Muller-Wolfhart. He has got such a great camp there, loads of different people.

“I must have had 40 injections. I saw him twice, he was confident he would fix me.

“I now do extra work after training but I am fully fit and can just get on with things. I haven’t felt a thing at all since.”

After being called into Stuart Pearce's England Under-21 squad for the European Championship play-off against Serbia, Rodwell is keen to secure victory in the upcoming first-leg of the tie.

He said: “The focus is on Serbia. It will be really tough but we’ve got to win, especially with it being at home."