Ex-Manchester City Star Warns Players Against Etihad Stadium Move

Former City midfielder aims swipe at old club.

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Former Manchester City midfielder Jack Rodwell has suggested that young English players should think twice about moving to the Etihad Stadium, according to the Daily Mirror.

The former England international, who started his career at Everton, recently made the move to Sunderland after a frustrating couple of seasons with City, in which he struggled to break into the first-team.

The 23-year-old only managed 26 appearances in total in his two seasons with the club, and he feels it may be wise for young players to think carefully before rushing into a big move to City, who have plenty of appeal due to their recent rise and trophy haul.

Other English players such as Adam Johnson and Scott Sinclair have also struggled since moving from smaller clubs to the Etihad Stadium, and although Rodwell insists that being young and English will not definitely keep players out of the starting lineup, he has advised players to be cautious about tempting offers from the mega-rich Manchester club.

“I would ­probably say don’t sign now, I’d say get as much football as you can,” he said.

“The first thing I’d ask is, ‘how good are you?’ You just never know – you could go there, do really well and be winning league titles and everything.

“But just because you’re English and young it doesn’t mean you’re not going to play for Manchester City.

“I would just say weigh up your options and ask yourself if you want to be playing regularly.”

Rodwell is Sunderland’s fifth signing of the summer transfer window, and joins his former City team-mate Costel Pantilimon in moving to the Stadium of Light this pre-season.

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