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Manchester City midfielder Elano told Sky Sports News earlier today that he wants to please manager Mark Hughes but is sad at his lack of first-team action.
The 27-year-old Brazilian moved to Eastlands in August 2007 after the club paid Shakhtar Donetsk a whopping £8million, however since the club sacked previous boss Sven-Göran Eriksson the 5 foot 8 inch play-maker has had limited first team opportunities.
Talking about the gaffer, Elano said…
“When I am playing I know what he wants and when I come off there is nothing from him.”
“It’s his right, he is the manager. I respect him and I will keep working, arriving on time and doing my duties at the club, but my sadness is not playing”
“I can’t hide that from the fans or the president – who wants to make this a big club. I think I have the capabilities to be playing.”
“I want to help by playing. I respect everyone here. I have many friends here and get on with the team 100 per cent.”
“I respect the manager a lot but I cannot be happy if I don’t play.”
Vital Man City says…
“Everyone needs a cuddle when they feel rejected but no one has the divine right to get an automatic first team place.”
“If you are feeling sad then work harder in training and show Sparky what you are capable of. Failing that you could always ask me and I’ll glady give you a hug!”