Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Pounds 100M CAMPUS IS PLAYER'S DREAM ; Vieira Hails Training Facility after Youngsters Try It out.

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Pounds 100M CAMPUS IS PLAYER'S DREAM ; Vieira Hails Training Facility after Youngsters Try It out.

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PATRICK Vieira has road-tested City's spanking new training ground and declared "It's a dream!" The Blues' elite development squad manager has taken his young charges to the Etihad Campus this week, to try out the new facilities, believed to have cost around Pounds 100m.

And he told his youngsters that the minute attention to detail at the Etihad Campus means one thing: "No more excuses!" Vieira was last night one of nine footballers inducted into the National Football Museum's Hall of Fame, as recognition of his silver-laden career in England and Italy.

But he said he has never seen anything that comes close to the new facility.

"It is a dream come true for a player, fantastic," he told M.E.N. Sport. "Everything is there for a player to challenge themselves.

"When you are a football player you need to want to spend time in training, so a good training ground needs everything you need to keep you there.

"This facility has everything. Maybe at other places there are certain things you don't have but here you have everything.

"The quality of the pitches is unbelievable and from the moment you come in, even if it early in the morning, there are people there to look after you until five or six pm.

"So you come in and do your preactivation, go to training, then lunch, then maybe a treatment. If you need a sleep, there is a place to sleep.

"Everything tells the players that they can stay from early morning to evening and have everything they need to look after themselves. It means no more excuses!" Members of City's first team have already visited and trained at the facility, but the switch across from Carrington is going to be staged, and the new facility is not expected to be fully functional until December.

Vieira's youngsters were willing guinea pigs to try out the facilities in a bid to iron out potential problems before Manuel Pellegrini and his first team squad move there permanently. …

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