Home > Sport > Football
Saturday August 9, 2014 MYT 4:57:06 PM
Saturday August 9, 2014 MYT 4:57:47 PM
LONDON (Reuters) - England midfielder Jack Rodwell has warned local talents against succumbing to the glamour of his former employers Manchester City and advised them to instead sign for a club where they would get sufficient playing time.
The 23-year-old joined Sunderland on Tuesday on a five-year deal after limited first team opportunities in his two-year stint at the Premier League champions.
"I would probably say don't sign now, I'd say get as much football as you can," Rodwell, who stood out at his first club Everton, told reporters when asked for his advice to teenagers.
"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 will link up at Sunderland with former City winger Adam Johnson, who was also critical of the champions' treatment of young English players when he left Manchester.
Capped three times, Rodwell's last international appearance came in a friendly against Brazil in June 2013.
(Reporting by Amlan Chakraborty; Editing by John O'Brien)
Blatter wins fifth FIFA term as challenger concedes
Khairy: Our footballers are not involved in graft probe
Rooney targets silverware as Man United captain
Asia chief hails Blatter re-election as FIFA head
Kane strikes again as Spurs win in Sydney
Have a 'whale' of a good time in Queensland
Energetic treat for Starwalkers
MATTA launches GST navigator
Guiding kids to play it safe in the water
Copyright © 1995-2015 Star Media Group Berhad (ROC 10894D)(Formerly known as Star Publications (Malaysia) Berhad)