After completing his move from reigning Premier League champions Manchester City to Sunderland, Jack Rodwell has come out with a warning to all English youngsters, according to Sky Sports.
The former Everton man has said that the nation’s best talents should think twice before moving to Manchester City.
The 23-year-old forced his way out of Etihad Stadium this summer after the clubs agreed on a fee of £10million.
Rodwell rues the fact that lack of first team football played a huge part for his omission from the England World Cup squad that travelled to Brazil.
"The previous manager (Roberto Mancini) told me just before he left I was a big part of his plans but then the new man came in with his own ways and brought in his own players,” Rodwell revealed.
"I tried to go on loan but it wasn’t allowed. It got blocked on the last day of January, infact.”
The defensive midfielder managed only 26 appearances in two seasons at City after moving from Everton for £12million in 2012.
Rodwell claims that he joined The Black Cats to make lost time and reignite his career as a footballer.
Many more like this
This is not the first instance regarding English talents complaining of the limited opportunities at the Etihad. Adam Johnson, who also plays for Sunderland, had also been critical of the chances he got during his time at City. Scott Sinclair was another Englishman with the same fate.
"I would probably say don’t sign now. I’d say get as much football as you can. I would say weigh up your options and ask yourself if you want to be playing regularly," Rodwell added.
City should be concerned
City should look into the matter seriously as although they are on their way to winning silverware in the league and in Europe, the English talents at the club are being wasted which will inevitably harm the development of English football in the future.