In his annual interview with CityTV, our Chairman sat down with Editor-in-Chief Chris Bailey the morning after our defeat to Chelsea in the Champions League final.
And in the final instalment of three, he says Foden’s journey from youngster at Platt Lane to playing in the biggest game in world football sums up the importance of our Academy.
He also discussed the synergy in our approach to men’s and women’s football, the new broadcast deal coming into the women’s game and our success at EDS and U18s level this term.
“Back in 2008, my first visit to the Manchester - my first day, as chairman of this club - I visited Platt Lane,” he said.
“I was taking a tour and I was introduced by the coaches to a young lad, eight or seven years old back then.
“And they told me this boy is a very special boy, you should say hello to him.
“I said, yeah, it'd be a pleasure. So, they brought this boy called Phil and that eight-year-old started in the Champions League final for Manchester City.
“That's the value of a great academy. That's the story of evolution.”
Watch the final part of the Chairman’s Interview above!