Pantilimon eyes City exit

Costel Pantilimon has suggested that his appearance in the FA Cup final for Manchester City could be his last.

Last Updated: 11/05/13 at 16:31 Post Comment

Costel Pantilimon: Set to play in cup final

Costel Pantilimon: Set to play in cup final

The Romania international has played in all of City's FA Cup games this season and Roberto Mancini is set to stick with him for the final on Saturday, ahead of England number one Joe Hart.

However, the 26-year-old admits that he is growing increasingly frustrated at his lack of league action. He is yet to play in the Premier League since joining from Poli Timisoara in 2011.

"It is good for me to be playing - it is an important game, not just for me but also for the team. It is a trophy, and everyone wants to win it," he told The Sun.

"The manager stopped all the speculation because you don't want everyone to speculate about what is happening.

"I am happy here at City but it's normal that I want to play. I am only young. The technical staff and everyone knows that after the season is finished, I want to leave but discussion will come after the season.

"I don't know if Saturday will be my last game for the club it depends on what happens. I am only sure that I want to play, that is what is best for me.

"I am young, I'm not 35 or something, waiting to finish my career.

"The manager of the national team tells me every time I speak to him 'Please try to play more', so it is also important for my country, as well as for my career.

"We will wait to see what happens after the season. It is not just about my opinion - there is also the manager's opinion."

No regrets

Despite not seeing much action, Pantilimon insists he has no regrets over his decision to move to Manchester.

"My agent will discuss it with the manager and we will see what happens. But I still think City was a good choice by me," he added.

"I have been waiting for my chance and now I am playing in the FA Cup final.

"You work hard to try to play more, but I knew Joe is a very good keeper, the England number one. I took the risk because it was an opportunity to be at a top club.

"For a keeper it is difficult. Other players get to play for a few minutes, or in other positions, but it is not like that for a keeper.

"I didn't doubt I would play in the final because I feel I have done okay in these games. Now it's my chance to do it in the final."

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