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Pellegrini: Striker should join my old team on loan

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has spoken of his desire to loan out striker John Guidetti to former club Malaga

Speaking with eldesmarquemalaga former Malaga manager Manuel Pellegrini has recommended that his Swedish striker should go out on loan to get some game time and recover from his lengthy lay-off.

Guidetti, 21, has suffered for the past 18 months after a virus of his central nervous system caused him to lose the feeling in one of his legs. However, the Malaga target seems to have recovered and played in a recent Manchester City reserve game, in which he found the net.

The striker is a natural goalscorer, ever since making his debut for Swedish side IF Brommapojkarna. During the 2011/12 season, Guidetti went out on loan to Dutch side Feyenoord. His prolific goalscoring caught the eye and after 20 goals in 23 appearances in the Eredevisie, he earned international recognition, making his debut for the Swedish national side in a 1-0 friendly win away to Croatia.

However, since then the Swedish striker’s career has stalled and Pellegrini has made his thoughts clear on the situation:

“I think that John Gudietti should go out on loan. He is returning from a serious injury and we have various strikers here. Maybe with Sergio Agüero, Álvaro Negredo, Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic he won’t play as much as he needs."

The comments will go down well with the La Liga side, as they’ve been struggling for goals this season and find themselves in 11th position, scoring just 19 goals in 18 La Liga matches. With Man City having an array of attacking talent, it’s hard to see Guidetti getting game time, so a loan move to a club that Manuel Pellegrini knows very well might just be in the best interest of all parties involved.

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