Ipswich Town midfielder Bersant Celina is hoping that a successful loan will aid his push for a place in the Manchester City first-team, according to the East Anglian Daily Times.

The 21-year-old has settled into life in Suffolk quickly by netting seven times in 18 appearances so far in his season-long loan spell, with Ipswich Town supporters praising the young winger for adding a wide element that the Blues have been missing.

However the Kosovo international hopes to break into a Manchester City side that includes the likes of Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus, Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling, admitting that he has been in regular contact with his parent club.

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

Celina made four first-team appearances for the Premier League giants at the start of 2016 before spending last term on-loan at FC Twente in the Dutch top-flight.

“It was amazing training and playing with all those players, obviously I wished it could have continued, but I think I have done the right thing to go out and play games.

“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.”

Despite admitting that he is keen to enter the first team upon his return to The Etihad, Celina also reiterated the fact that he will be staying at Portman Road for the entirety of the season and does not expect an early recall to Manchester.

“I’m happy here. It’s different from Manchester – it’s better weather! I like it, I’m happy.

“I think when you look at the whole squad it’s strong.

“I’m just really happy for myself. That’s why I came here, I wanted to show that I can score goals.

“I haven’t set myself a target. Last season I pushed myself too much and it didn’t happen. This season I’m not really thinking about scoring and it’s just happening naturally.

“The fans have been singing my name and I really appreciate it – I just want to thank them.

“I think I can do a lot more. There is more to come.”


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