It would be fair to say that there were several surprised faces when Jack Rodwell made the switch to the Etihad Stadium in August, with many people unsure that the midfielder would get sufficient game time at City. However, the former Everton man insists that he does not regret the move and already believes he has improved from being at the club.
Roberto Mancini brought Rodwell to the club for around £12m and while the player had built a sterling reputation at Everton, many were unsure if he possessed the required ability to force his way into the City first team. Admittedly, Mancini did state that the signing was one for the future, yet that still didn’t stop several people raising their eyebrows at the deal.
Moreover, several other onlookers have joined in the debate over recent times following comments from former winger Adam Johnson. Johnson, who was sold to Sunderland in August, claimed that it is a bad move for any young English player to join City as they are just not given a fair chance of game time.
However, despite the above, Rodwell says he is very happy with his situation at the Etihad Stadium. He told the press, “I feel I am improving as a player. The level of training standard is amazing – it’s a brilliant atmosphere to be around. If Manchester City want you and they sign you, then they have got intent for you. And young players, if they go, will be managed in the right direction.”
Rodwell was speaking to the press as he prepared to play for the England under-21s. The Three Lions face Serbia on Friday and Rodwell will be seen as a key fitting as they attempt to put a stop to the unbeaten run that the Serbs have put together over the qualifying period.