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Man City promising youths looking to hook up with former teammate

Guardiola's plan to send young defender to work alongside ex-teammate could be regarded as a stroke of genius.

Man City youth star Philippe Sandler is looking to join his former teammate Vincent Kompany at his new club Anderlecht.

Vincent Kompany left Manchester City as a champion of England this summer. The Football Manc Cave now understand that the Dutchman’s influence at Anderlecht, as lead to conversations of a loan deal with one of the blue’s promising youth.

Philippe Sandler is a Dutch centre-back, much like Kompany. Who is yet to break through at Man City after joining from PEC Zwolle for around £2million in summer 2018.

By spending a year alongside his former teammate and the new player-manager at Anderlecht. Kompany can pass on his buckets of knowledge and experience to the 22-year-old. Making him ready to challenge for Kompany’s vacant centre-back role upon his return.

Future planning

Over recent years, since the influence of the Middle-Eastern billionaires, Manchester City has carefully allocated their staff and budget which has helped them build the foundations of a world-conquering squad.

Making moves such as sending their youth on loan to work alongside old teammates is the type of intricate planning for the future which demonstrates the professionalism and positive projections of the club. Manchester United’s Ed Woodward should be taking notes.

Man City will be desperate to emulate the services provided by Kompany during his eleven-year spell with the club. The 33-year-old defender lived through the transitional period of the Manchester club, and will fully understand the culture and demands of being a part of it. Meaning we could see Sandler return to the side as a fully fledged defender ready to prove himself in the Premier League.

The 22-year-old Sandler currently has 76 career appearances under his belt, but we could see that figure soar beyond 100 after a season in the Netherlands. Upon his return, we could see him slowly integrated into the first team squad as we have seen with the likes of Phil Foden and Oleksandr Zinchenko.

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