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Dutch midfielder admits it has been tough returning after missing a month through injury and is still lacking some match fitness

Nigel De Jong has revealed the main reason he signed for Manchester City was to win trophies and he is hopeful he can become a big part of the club's history in the seasons to come.

The midfielder had been out of action for a month after injuring his ankle but is now fully focused on getting back in the City team and helping them win their first trophy in 35 years.

Roberto Mancini’s side will play bitter rivals Manchester United in the semi-finals of the FA Cup next month and the Dutchman admits the Sky Blues are hungry for success.

He told the Manchester Evening News: “That’s the main reason I came to Manchester City. Everybody knew that.

“I want to be a big part of history at Manchester City. Success has to start somewhere, and any chance of silverware is welcome.

“You’ve got to feed that hunger among the team. That’s why I came here – because I want to win a trophy.”

De Jong has admitted it has been hard for him to return to fitness after four weeks out but he believes the injury is fully healed and is now looking to play games to get him up to match speed.

He added: “It’s difficult to come back after more than a month out.

“Condition wise, I’m still lacking a little bit to be honest. But the injury is OK now.

“It’s great for me to be back in the City squad now.

“I want to do the best for my team. I try to get everybody involved to get the spirit going.”

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