On-loan Feyenoord star Guidetti: I don't want to be a reserve at Manchester City, I can't be

The Swedish striker has been a revelation in Holland, helping his side to within five points of the Eredivisie top spot with 18 goals in just 17 starts
Manchester City striker John Guidetti has underlined his desire for first-team football upon his return from a successful loan spell with Feyenoord.

Guidetti has scored 18 goals in 17 starts for the Eredivisie side this term and is hoping to be given a chance to impose himself on the Premier League.

“I don't know what Man City are thinking but I want to play football,” Guidetti told the Daily Mail.

“If I can't play at Manchester City - I'm a young boy - then I'll have to play somewhere else. If I am going to be given a chance at City then I have to be on the same level as the other boys.

“If I'm given No. 68, then I don't have a chance of playing. I have to see what comes up. Maybe I'll get a chance to go to a big team that will give me No 9 or No 10 and say, 'OK, we're ready to pay you this money.'

“I don't care about the money but in football it shows where you are. It says, 'This is how much we believe in giving you this chance'. And I want the chance.

“I don't want to be a reserve at City, I can't be. I have to be honest with people, I'm not going to lie.

“I'm not saying City should do this or that, maybe they don't want me - they can get any player in the world.

“Their wealth is extreme. Maybe they want Van Persie or Messi. Those two are as tall as these buildings and I'm down here. I know that.”

The 19-year-old went on to praise his adopted club and expressed his belief that he has improved as a player since moving to the Netherlands.

“Feyenoord are a massive club, the fans make that,” he said.

“Many people have told me there are bigger clubs in Europe but that's as maybe. Only at Besiktas do the fans match Feyenoord's.

“At the training session before our game against Ajax we had around 7,000. For the first 15 minutes we couldn't see, there were so many fireworks and flares.

“Feyenoord hadn't beaten Ajax for six years. The fans here don't even call them Ajax, they call them '020' - the telephone code.

“They don't like saying the word Ajax. I know they have taken it too far with me, but it is nice to be called the 'Saviour of Rotterdam'. To hear that is amazing. I'm 19.

“Maybe the quality is not as high as at Manchester City but the club are almost as big. It's been a great time for me. It means a lot to be here having this responsibility.

“Not only is it good for your self-confidence, it's good as a learning curve, because it's heavy sometimes, it's a lot of pressure.

“It's given me so much. I've developed as a player and as a human being, taking responsibility.

“These are not bad teams,' he said. 'Of course, there are some teams not as good but it's still hard to score.

“There's still a 90kg defender who wants to hold you. He's maybe not John Terry or Vincent Kompany but he can still jump, head, tackle.

“It's not a walk in the park. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scored 25 goals and got a move to Real Madrid.”

Former England boss Steve McLaren, now manager of FC Twente, also hailed Guidetti as he recalled his attempt to sign the Swede for Nottingham Forest.

“When I was at Forest at the beginning of the season, I spoke to City to try to get Guidetti on loan,” McLaren said.

“He's that sort of old-fashioned English striker that works so hard, is a good target and has the knack of scoring.

“That's what I saw, that's what I liked. He's a handful, the centre half never gets a rest.

“Now he needs to go on a bit, play back in England. He has the ability. For Sweden he'll be an impact player, and a bloody good one. A nice one to have in your squad.”

With England set to meet Sweden in the group stage of Euro 2012, Guidetti has begun to have his name touted as a potential star of the tournament.

“The European Championship is in my mind but it's not certain,” Guidetti added

“Imagine if I scored and England went out. That would be me finished in England!”