PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN is plotting to find the next Aaron Ramsey or Gareth Bale in Wales.
The French giants are opening an academy at St Martin’s school in Caerphilly – less than 10 miles north of Cardiff – on Easter.
Wales will become the 15th country to have a backup path for the European superpower PSG.
And promising players – for both boys and girls – between the ages of 8 and 15 will coach the Parisian way.
PSG released a statement and said the club aims to open new academies in four key regions across Wales.
The Ligue giants stated: “Incited by the national team’s recent performances, the Welsh passion for football is at an all-time high.”
Juventus star Ramsey, 31, was born in Caerphilly and started his career in Cardiff before moving to Arsenal.
Bale, born in Cardiff, 32 of Real Madrid, arrived at Southampton’s satellite system in Bath before moving on to the south coast.
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The founder of the Paris Saint-Germain Academy in the UK, Alex Harrap, said: “This opening in Wales is a new project.
“We regularly receive requests to provide experiences for PSG in neighboring countries of England.
“Welsh is a country that is passionate about football.
“We are honored and delighted to have given the young Welsh players the opportunity to experience the PSG approach to coaching.
“After this first step, our aim will be to expand our presence to four or five other regions of Wales.”
Nadia Benmokhtar, international director of PSG Academy, added: “We are especially proud to see that our academies are so popular in countries with strong football cultures, such as such as: Wales.”
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