City U18s midfielder Ian Carlo Poveda is dreaming big.
Poveda, who spent time at Barcelona and Brentford before joining City this summer, believes it’s important for every young player at the club to set impeccable standards.
The London-born midfielder was part of Barcelona’s famous La Masia academy for two years before family reasons brought him back to England. The winger starred at Brentford - under current boss Lee Carsley - before being tempted north by City.
He now insists the CFA is the best place for his career to develop.
He said: “I set myself high standards so that I will keep on working hard and push myself to reach the next level every day I come to the CFA.
"The way we’ve been coached so far is for the sole purpose of helping move up through the ranks here, that’s why it’s great that we have a philosophy to learn that makes it easier to adapt when we get the chance to move up.
“I would like to be in and around the EDS and training more with the first team and I believe that everyone will get their chance soon enough.
"I just have to be patient and keep on working hard."
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Joining up with Lee Carsley’s U18s after the start of the season means it hasn’t been easy for the attack-minded midfield man to break into the side.
City are unbeaten so far and sit top of the U18 Premier League but Poveda’s eye for a pass and creative dribbling means he has forced his way into a winning side and he’s just happy to be playing.
“I like to play in a central attacking role but I think it’s good for me to play in as many positions as the manager sees fit because I have more chance of making it at the top level,” he said.
“Every training session is intense, everyone wants to win every time we go out on to the pitch and we have high standards in terms of how we have to behave.
“We haven’t lost a game and we’re top of the league with two games in hand so it’s all looking up at the moment.”
He said: “They’re a physical side that will sit deep and try to defend.
“We should go into the game knowing it’s a new game and that we have to go out and win each individual game.
“We shouldn’t be too relaxed because every team has their strengths and we will have to be at our best to win.”
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