After wearing the number 59 shirt at Manchester City last season, Bersant Celina made it clear that he wanted a shirt number with a greater meaning during his loan with FC Twente.
Therefore, one of the first things that he did after being loaned was ask for the number 10 shirt.
In an interview with Ciaran Kelly of the Manchester Evening News, Celina explained why he was not worried about the pressure that comes with having a shirt number with historical significance.
“It gives me confidence to wear it and I see there’s pressure, but I think people can see I’m good enough to wear it. Hopefully I can keep going and do well.” said the Kosovan international.
Celina is on loan at Twente for the whole season with two other young City players: Enes Unal and Yaw Yeboah. Collectively, the trio have contributed to 17 of the 27 goals that Twente have scored this season, and Celina harbours ambitions of replicating that form in Manchester, having already caught Pep Guardiola’s eye in pre-season.
“It made me feel good that he [Guardiola] likes me as a player. Obviously I was disappointed I couldn’t stay but it’s amazing to be here [in Twente] and get to play.”
“Hopefully, next season, I can try to impress him [Guardiola] even more so I can stay.”