Date: 13th June 2009 at 9:37pm
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An interesting signal came out of Eastlands today as City turned down Sheffield United’s £1.5 million offer for Academy graduate and Welsh international striker Ched Evans…

This is sure to surprise a few Blues. I for one, based upon what we’ve seen so far from the 20 year old forward and considering City’s rumoured transfer targets thought that Ched would be off this summer. Indeed, our latest Vital MC poll saw 79% of Vital MC’ers ready to let the lad go.

He’s been the subject of interest from Celtic and Norwich earlier this year but remained on the fringe of first team action as last season wore on.

This episode serves to underline His Highness Sheikh Mansour, Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak and Mark Hughes’ commitment to the MCFC Academy. The plan to blend City’s homegrown players with established international stars continues.

Alongside Chedwyn, the first team squad currently includes Kasper Schmeichel, Micah Richards, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Stephen Ireland, Kelvin Etuhu, Shaleum Logan, Nedum Onuoha, Michael Johnson and Daniel Sturridge who have all come through the City youth ranks.

Not many Premier League sides can boast that level of break through talent.

With young stars like Joe Hart, Valeri Bojinov, Robinho, Pablo Zabaleta, Vincent Kompany and Nigel De Jong The Blues are well set to build a formidable youth based squad.

Nevermind who comes in, the next few weeks will prove fascinating as to whom Mark Hughes keeps on board for next season’s domestic focused campaign.

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