Guidetti Reiterates Man City Stance

  • By: Graeme Bailey
  • Last Updated: March 23 2012, 9:54 GMT

John Guidetti has reaffirmed his intention to leave Manchester City unless he is given a chance of first-team action next season.

John Guidetti: Wants to play football

The Swedish striker is currently on loan at Dutch outfit Feyenoord, where he has impressed hugely with 18 goals in just 17 starts.

Guidetti almost left City last summer when he agreed a pre-contract with FC Twente, but the Premier League club won the battle to retain his services on a new deal before sending him out on loan.

But the precocious 19-year-old is ambitious and has already stated that he would only return to City to press for a first-team place.

And he has reiterated his stance that he would only want to be back at the Etihad if he was challenging the likes of Sergio Aguero and Mario Balotelli.

"I don't know what Man City are thinking but I want to play football," he told the Daily Mail.

"If I can't play at Manchester City - I'm a young boy - then I'll have to play somewhere else.

"If I am going to be given a chance at City then I have to be on the same level as the other boys. If I'm given No 68, then I don't have a chance of playing. I have to see what comes up.

"Maybe I'll get a chance to go to a big team that will give me No 9 or No 10 and say 'okay, we're ready to pay you this money'.

"I don't care about the money but in football it shows where you are. It says, "This is how much we believe in giving you this chance".

"And I want the chance. I don't want to be a reserve at City, I can't be. I have to be honest with people, I'm not going to lie.

"I'm not saying City should do this or that, maybe they don't want me - they can get any player in the world. Their wealth is extreme.

"Maybe they want Van Persie or Messi. Those two are as tall as these buildings and I'm down here. I know that."

Reports have suggested that City will look to reward Guidetti's progress with an improved contract before sending him on loan to a Premier League club in order to continue his education.