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City Football Group chairman proud of Melbourne City's youth investment

02:27 GMT+3 22/05/2018
Melbourne City
The man in charge is happy with the direction City are heading in Down Under

With Melbourne City young gun Daniel Arzani on the verge of shining at the 2018 World Cup, City Football Group chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak has praised Melbourne City's commitment to youth. 

Arzani had a breakout season with City as the 19-year-old attacker caught the eye regularly in his 18 appearances and was named in Bert van Marwijk's preliminary 26-man Socceroos World Cup squad as a result.

Defender Nathaniel Atkinson also impressed in his debut campaign, with the 18-year-old even overcoming serious injury to still shine late in the season.

Speaking about the club he oversees, City Football chairman Mubarak expressed his pride at seeing the chances young players are getting under Warren Joyce.

"Very proud, these two players have been outstanding this year," Mubarak told City TV

"Arzani’s becoming one of the most talked about players in the A-League full stop so I think that shows you we have the academy, we have the infrastructure, we are giving these players the chances.

"Both these players are young players who have been given chances to perform at the highest level."

After finishing the season third, their highest ever A-League finish, Mubarak is confident City are on the right track in Australia.

"We have achieved our best result this season in terms of standing so the team continues to evolve," he said.

"We’re getting closer to winning the A-League."