Bersant Celina is one of the brightest talents to come through Manchester City’s academy in recent years. The Kosovan international caught the eye of Manuel Pellegrini towards the back end of last season, but the summer signings of Leroy Sané and Nolito meant that opportunities in Manchester were going to be limited. Both Celina and Pep Guardiola agreed that it would be best for him to spend the season on loan so that he can gain some first-team experience.
Eredivisie side FC Twente jumped at the opportunity to take Celina on loan, having already taken fellow Manchester City starlets Enes Unal and Yaw Yeboah on temporary deals, and it’s fair to say that the trio have impressed so far. Between the three of them, they have scored 14 goals in 11 games since completing their loan moves in the summer and have propelled Twente to 6th place in the Eredivisie.
Enes Unal has stolen the headlines, with the 19 year old currently occupying the status of top goalscorer in the Eredivisie, but Celina has been equally impressive in his role as a creator and has told Sky Sports just how much he is enjoying life in the Netherlands.
“Everything is going perfectly. It’s good to have Enes and Yaw here because we know each other and it’s easy to play with them because we already have an understanding. We help each other out all the time. It’s a good thing.
Twente haven’t lost in any of the seven games that he has started in, and he is seemingly enjoying the responsibility of being one of the club’s most important players.
“I wanted to come here and be an important player. So far I think I have been.”
Celina’s excellent start in Holland has not gone unnoticed, with his parent club keeping a watchful eye on his progress.
“They are watching every game,” says Celina. “Every one or two games they come to visit. They speak to us and see how everything is going. It’s close contact with the club.”
“Pre-season with Guardiola was an amazing experience for me,” he says. “I learned a lot of stuff I didn’t know before. I was really surprised by how much he spoke to the young players. He told me he knows I’ve got a lot of skills but I don’t always need to show it. Sometimes it’s better to play a simple pass, to use your ability in a better way.”
And while Bersant is concentrating on helping FC Twente this season, his aim is to become a key player for Manchester City.
“It’s a big motivation to get back to City and make the first-team. I want to go back to Manchester next season and hopefully stay there.”