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Vieira: City academy will take time to bear fruit

Vieira was in attendance as City's new £200m complex was open. Credit: PA

Patrick Vieira is convinced Manchester City's world-beating new Academy will help create the first-team stars of the future but warned that results may not be felt until the end of the decade.

The City Football Academy - a £200million development six years in the making - will house every one of the club's players from the Under-7's to the men's and women's senior squads.

It has been in partial use since October but formally opened its doors at a star-studded event on Monday, with manager Manuel Pellegrini and captain Vincent Kompany flanked by dignitaries including Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne.

Now what we really need is time because when you talk about developing young players you need time. We have to put our head down, keep working hard and I am sure we will have young players coming through to the first team.

It can be five years, it can be six, it can be four. But I think when you look at the last few games of the first team we had George Glendon and Jose Angel Tasende on the bench, we have Jose Pozo who played and came on (against Everton).

– Man City coach Patrick Vieira


FIFA take no action on Rijeka over racism claims

Vieira took his under-21 team off the pitch. Credit: PA

FIFA will not open disciplinary proceedings against Croatian side HNK Rijeka after deciding there was not enough evidence to back up Manchester City's allegation.

City coach Patrick Vieira took his under-21 team off the pitch during the July friendly after claims French midfielder Seko Fofana, who had been shown a red card for an off-the-ball incident, had been racially abused just before half-time.

However, having investigated the matter, FIFA will not be taking any further action.

"The chairman of the FIFA disciplinary committee considered that, based on the information at his disposal, there were not enough elements to justify the opening of disciplinary proceedings," said a statement.

"Also in relation to this matter, the chairman was pleased to observe that Mr Davor Suker (Croatian Football Federation president) and Mr Patrick Vieira engage positively to work through the issue.

"The relevant parties were notified on Friday December 5 in the form of a letter, which also emphasised FIFA's zero-tolerance stance against any form of discrimination."

Milner backs Dzeko and Jovetic to fill in capably for injured Aguero

Manchester City midfielder James Milner is confident Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic can fill the void created by injury to star striker Sergio Aguero.

City look like being without the prolific Aguero for a spell after the Argentinian suffered a knee ligament injury in Saturday's laboured but vital win over Everton.

Milner said: "Sergio has been absolutely outstanding, so he is going to be a massive miss for us. Hopefully he is back soon.

"But it is good timing that Edin is coming back. He is fantastic goalscorer and hopefully Stevan will be available for midweek as well, so we have got plenty of players.

"They are not easy shoes to fill, Sergio Aguero's, but with the ability the other players have, I'm sure they'll fill his shoes no problem."


Sergio Aguero the lone striker against Everton


TEAM NEWS @MCFC: Hart, Zabaleta, Clichy, Demichelis, Mangala, Fernando, Yaya Toure, Navas, Nasri, Milner, Aguero #cityveverton


SUBS NEWS @MCFC: Caballero, Pozo, Dzeko, Kolarov, Boyata, Lampard, Sagna #cityveverton


Everton (to face Man City): Howard, Baines, Distin, Jagielka (c), Hibbert, Coleman, Barry, Besic, Mirallas, Eto'o, Lukaku. #EFC #MCFCvEFC


Everton subs: Joel, McGeady, Barkley, Osman, Pienaar, Garbutt, Alcaraz. #EFC #MCFCvEFC

Joe Hart poised to extend Man City contract

Hart could agree terms this weekend. Credit: PA

Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart is poised to sign a new contract with the Barclays Premier League champions.

Manager Manuel Pellegrini has hinted the England number one is ready to commit himself to the club and fresh terms could even be finalised this weekend.

Pellegrini, speaking on Friday at a press conference to preview Saturday's home clash with Everton, said: "I always said it is important for this club to keep Joe with us.

"He is a very good goalkeeper and not only a very good goalkeeper, he is a very important player for the squad also. So - maybe - in the next day you will have good news."

Asked if that meant within 24 hours, Pellegrini said: "I can't say exactly the amount of hours, but the next day."

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