Pep Guardiola will not be afraid to give youth a chance when he takes over at Manchester City in the summer, according to Thierry Henry.
City confirmed on Monday that Bayern Munich coach Guardiola will succeed current boss Manuel Pellegrini when the Chilean’s contract expires this summer.
Henry, who played under Guardiola during his time at Barcelona, thinks the 45-year-old will bring the same type of success to The Etihad as he did during his four years in charge of his hometown club and he says he will not be afraid to blood the club’s young talent.
“At my time at Barca, he put on the field through the ranks of the youth team the likes of Pedro and [Sergio] Busquets. Bojan was already there, also Jeffren – and I am not going to name all of them as it is a long list,” said the former Arsenal and Barca forward,” Henry told Sky Sports.
“He did the same with Bayern Munich and I would like to think that obviously he is going to bring some big names, because he has the resources.
“But he is not scared of bringing young talent through, whether they are in the academy or young talent in Europe that will not be a big deal of money, like Kingsley Coman, who is now at Bayern Munich.”
However, as well as handing youngsters opportunities in the first team, Guardiola will also look to attract some of Europe’s finest players to City over the next few years.
“Obviously if you are a Man City fan right now, you can dream about having some great players,” Henry added.
Henry believes Guardiola, who won the Champions League on two occasions while manager of Barcelona, will also improve City’ showing in the competition.
“People always said it was an easy job at Barcelona, it wasn’t an easy job at Barcelona, trust me.
“After my first season [the season before Guardiola took charge], it was very difficult, the fans were really unhappy because we did not win everything.
“But he was from there and people were patient with him. But I can assure you that what he brought was outstanding. Now to compare the two teams – he is going to come to a team that can play already with players that have won stuff with experience.
“So it’s pretty similar. The thing that I hope he can do if Man City does not win the Champions League this year, I think in the three years they will be very close to winning it,” added Henry.