Manchester City set to appoint former Liverpool chief

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Manchester City are set to announce the appointment of former Liverpool academy chief Rodolfo Borrell as the club's new International Technical Director.

The Daily Mirror reports how the 52-year-old Spaniard has been out of work since leaving Anfield in November 2013, and will now join forces with Txiki Begiristain and Ferran Soriano at the Etihad Stadium.

Borrell joined Liverpool as part of Rafa Benitez's backroom team in 2009, but was deemed surplus to requirements following the arrival of Brendan Rodgers.

The new Reds boss has a reputation for nurturing and developing young talent, and has handed first-team opportunities to a number of Liverpool's academy graduates since succeeding Kenny Dalglish as manager in the summer of 2012.

Borrell's appointment at Manchester City is with one eye on the long-term future, with owner Sheikh Mansour having already invested more than £100million in new academy facilities to help drive forward the club's ambition to eventually become self-sufficient.

His expertise in youth development are well known, having famously been Lionel Messi's first coach at Barcelona's famed La Masia academy, and will bring with him a wealth of knowledge and experience at Manchester City.

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