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'It's In The DNA Of The Club To Sell Young Players But Only When The Time Is Right'

20 May 2021

Crewe Alexandra boss David Artell says he is under pressure to sell any of his young assets during the summer transfer window, but he admits that it is in the DNA to sell if the move suits all parties.

Crewe have already sold full-backs, Perry Ng and Harry Pickering to Championship clubs in January and that has placed us in a strongly place financially.

There will always be speculation about our young players moving on but Artell says that the timing and finances always have to be right.

He told the club’s official website: “There is always speculation about our young players and it is better to be spoken about than not.

“That is in the DNA of our club and it won’t change whilst I am manager. We give young players a chance to play in our first-team and when the time is right we let them move on to better their career. That has been the philosophy for over 30 plus years and it continues to finances the club.

“As a manager you would like to hold onto players like Pez and Pixie for as long as you can but you understand that one day someone higher up the pyramid is going to come in and make a bid. I will get just as much satisfaction watching those two play in the Championship.

“It goes hand-in-hand and that is why we are able to sign good young players. They know they will get their opportunities here and if they are then good enough they can go and play higher after playing 100, 200 games for Crewe. That is how the DNA of the club is aligned.”  

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