Premier League academies have left their German rivals far behind, according to Borussia Dortmund boss Michael Zorc, with Bundesliga clubs now scouting British talent in the hope of unearthing future stars.
"As a German club, we would favour, of course, identifying and signing German talent or developing them in our academy," said Dortmund's sports director."But when it gets to absolutely top talents, it's more and more difficult to find them in Germany, to be honest.
"Go back say five to ten years, there was a time that English clubs were keen to sign German players," said Zorc. "But in the meantime, we have the feeling that the education and development of youth players in the English academies is quite good, to be honest."