World Cup chance gives Rekik hope of Manchester City breakthrough

The 19-year-old defender says his loan spell at PSV, which could be renewed for another season, has helped his development and adds he is keen to go to Brazil with Netherlands
By Jesse Wieten

Manchester City youngster Karim Rekik is optimistic that his season at PSV and a potential World Cup place could give him a chance to break into the first team at the Etihad Stadium next season.

The Dutch centre-back joined City in 2011 from Feyenoord but has only made one league appearance for his parent club in between loan spells at Portsmouth, Blackburn and, in 2013-14, Eindhoven.

His performances this season, though, have earned him inclusion in Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal's 20-man squad for a pre-World Cup training camp and Rekik hopes that international recognition could pay dividends at home – though the Eredivisie side have approached City about renewing his loan.

28/1 Karim Rekik's Netherlands are 28/1 with Bet365 to win World Cup 2014
"I played a whole season so you come back to City in another way - especially if I play at a World Cup," the teenager told Goal. "That would be even better.

"But I'm just 19 years old, 23 in four years. I want it badly. The World Cup would not come too early for me. It's never too early. It could only be a good thing if I go to the World Cup at 19.

"The World Cup is a dream for me. I feel good, am 100 per cent fit and have to show what I got but I don't know if I will make it to the final squad."

While Rekik hopes to make an impact at the Etihad, he confirmed that the Eredivisie side have approached City about renewing his loan.

"PSV was a good choice," he enthused. "I wanted to play a whole season and that happened. This was a good step for my development.

"PSV want to loan me another season and the clubs already spoke about that but I haven’t heard anything yet.

"It's not up to me. I've got a contract at Manchester City and, if they want that I stay, I have to stay. As it looks now, I will join City after the summer."

With his parent club one match away from regaining the Premier League title, Rekik added: "It's beautiful that they'll be champions again. I think they will.

"It looks a bit like two years ago. Then they became champions at the final moment, while Manchester United were already celebrating. They've got the experience and know everything can change in the last moments.

"Suddenly you see Liverpool losing and the players get a boost but they played well already the whole season and scored a lot. The pressure is huge but that's okay. Everyone is motivated."