Vincent Kompany believes some of his Burnley stars will one day perform be playing on the highest stage for the likes of Man City.
The Clarets boss saw his side beaten 6-0 by Pep Guardiola's men on Saturday in the FA Cup quarter final with Erling Haaland netting a hat-trick. Burnley held their own for the first half an hour and their commanding Championship position means the Clarets are set to be rubbing shoulders with the likes of City on a weekly basis next season.
And Kompany wants to use the Etihad experience as fuel for the future, challenging his players to continue improve and not rest on the laurels of a sensational season that has seen them lose just twice in the league and only be eliminated of the domestic cups by City and Manchester United. Indeed the Belgian sees top Premier League players of the future in his ranks, should they continue to work at their development.
"No-one can tell me that there isn't one or two players who don't have the potential in our current squad to one day be part of such a team (City)," said Kompany. "If you look at the guys on the opposition - Jack Grealish and all these guys, they didn't start at a team like Man City.
"They (the Burnley players) know now how much work they have to do. It facilitates my message because when you are 13 points clear in the league, have a good game at Old Trafford, go and beat Bournemouth away who are a Premier League team, it is important we understand that we are number 21 in English football, not number one.
"The amount of work we have to put in is incredible but we have to embrace it and not get carried away. We have so much to improve on but this is the exciting part of it."
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