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Manchester City starlet Bersant Celina confident of first-team breakthrough

Bersant Celina remains hopeful of making the grade at Manchester City after being sent on loan to Championship side Ipswich Town this season.

The 21-year-old Kosovo international is on his second loan excursion after a solid year at FC Twente in the 2016-17 campaign, and though he struggled for minutes initially he is now featuring regularly for Mick McCarthy’s promotion hopefuls.

Celina has 6 goals in just 8 starts (16 total appearances) in the Championship for Ipswich, with an impressive rate of a goal every 134 minutes.

Speaking ahead of Saturday’s Championship game at Middlesbrough, Celina revealed he is in regular contact with his parent club and still has ambitions of making a breakthrough despite the intense competition for places at the Etihad.

“I’ve been in contact with them every week, a couple of times a week,” Bersant said.

“I know they are watching me, supporting me and wanting me to do well. I know they believe that I am good enough to get in their team.

“It’s going to be hard to get in there, but that’s for the future. I need to prove to them that I am good enough.

“I am confident it can happen. If you don’t believe it can happen then you are never going to get in. If you do then there’s a chance.

“That’s my dream, to play in the Premier League.”

For now, the young attacking midfielder must continue to develop in the rough and tumble of the Championship, but Pep Guardiola will surely have a good look at him next summer when mapping out his plans for the 2018-19 season.

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