Man City youngsters could join Patrick Vieira at New York on loan
Manchester City are ready to loan more players to sister club New York City FC after Patrick Vieira took charge of the Major League Soccer side.
Vieira will be fully aware of the emerging talent at City's state-of-the-art Etihad Campus after coaching their Elite Development Squad (EDS) before leaving for his new role in New York in November.
And that could see some of City's highly-rated youngsters follow him on loan to the United States as New York City bid to improve on their eighth-placed finish in MLS's Eastern Conference in their debut season.
English defender Shay Facey spent last season on loan at New York City from the Premier League club, making 23 appearances, and was joined two months later by highly-regarded Spanish full-back Angelino.
The 19-year-old, who made 10 starts in MLS, is now back at City and was on the bench for Saturday's 2-2 draw at West Ham.
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City are keen to give their youngsters more competitive game time and currently have 16 players out on loan.
New EDS coach Simon Davies sees New York City as potentially a great opportunity to help the development of some of his players.
Asked about sending players to New York, Davies told reporters: "I think Angelino did really well out of it so there's no reason why not.
"It's like every challenge and every loan -- which players and why and where and what is the reason for a certain player to go on loan. There are different reasons for it. It might be technical, tactical, etc -- physical challenges like going to a lower league for a month or two.
"There's no reason why it can't happen in the future. New York is part of the City family and obviously they have Patrick who knows the young players here, which is really beneficial. And I'm sure if he was to call on them at the right time, I can't see why it wouldn't be of massive benefit for the football club and the player."
Among the players who could be set to leave the Etihad Stadium on loan is England under-19 international Patrick Roberts, who was signed from Fulham for £6 million in the summer.
Roberts, who has been linked with loan moves to Celtic and Bournemouth, has made just one Premier League appearance for City as an 86th minute substitute in the 4-1 defeat to Tottenham in September.
Asked about the 18-year-old going out on loan, City boss Manuel Pellegrini said: "We will see what is the best future for him."
Norway under-21 international Bersant Celina, who made his first-team debut for City earlier this month, also revealed he would consider a loan move if he felt it was right for him.
The 19-year-old said: "I want to go on loan to play first-team games but it's important to find the right club. I'm not stressing over it. I wouldn't mind staying here until the summer and maybe then going on loan. We'll see what happens."
Jonathan is ESPN FC's Manchester City correspondent. Follow him @jonnysmiffy.