Farke’s warning to City’s young stars
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Daniel Farke has warned his young players not to think they are superstars yet.
City’s boss has advised his young stars not to listen to the hype told to them by their agents after the club’s relegation from the Premier League.
Some of the Canaries young players have won plenty of plaudits for their displays in the Premier League and Farke is encouraging them to retain their focus on matters on the pitch.
“Thousands of agents are waiting for these players and if their own agent tells them ‘you’re already made for the highest level’ and ‘you’re fantastic and you need to be there with your brand and attacking full-backs’ or ‘you have to take risks’, then you are more concentrated on this and I don’t accuse them, it’s quite normal because when you live in this surrounding, it has its expectations.
“It’s not easy to stay focused, levelled and remain focused on the most important thing – working hard on the football pitch. I’m full of praise for my young lads because I think they handled and coped with this surrounding fantastically.
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“But this is their first season and it’s not like they are doing everything 100 percent right and they still need to learn how to handle criticism and handle when the coach tells them they need to improve but their agents are telling them ‘you’re already a superstar and can already play for Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United’.
“It’s not that easy,” Farke explained in a wide-ranging interview on the club’s official channels.
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“You have to cope and adapt to this. I don’t have to teach Alex Tettey or Tim Krul any more. They are levelled and they know what it means, but for the young lads who have their first year at this level, it’s not easy to cope with this.”
Max Aarons, Ben Godfrey and Emi Buendia have already seen their names linked with big-money moves away from the club - with City ramping up preparations for a promotion push next season.
Farke expressed his desire to recruit more streetwise operators ahead of next season, but also the importance of retaining their best players.
“One key topic will be to keep our best players and we’re in a good position because we don’t have any financial problems at all.”