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Michael Zorc: England surpassed Germany in educating young players

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Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc believes that English clubs have surpassed their colleagues from Germany in terms of educating talented youngsters.

Inspired by Jadon Sancho’s example, who is a key player at Dortmund, more and more English youngsters are going to play in the Bundesliga.

In January, Arsenal sent their young talent Emile Smith-Rowe to RB Leipzig on loan. However, Zorc sees this trend as evidence of Premier League clubs academies’ excellent progress.

According to Zorc, the level of English clubs academies is much higher than the German ones, even when it comes to infrastructure. 10 years ago, the German youth travelled to England every year. Today, the trend has changed. Premier League clubs are investing big money not only in football stars’ purchase and their salaries, but also in the development of youngsters.

Zorc considers it as a business model. Even if these players do not play at their clubs, the club will sell them for incredible money. Michael reviewed Manchester City’s report recently – they sold their youngsters for 150 million in recent years, it was quite amazing for Zorc.

(Reporting by Nathan Dent, editing by Valerie Cooper)

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