Jack Rodwell believes that he would be among the best players in the world had he been given a chance at Manchester City.
Rodwell has recently joined Sunderland from the English champions, after failing to break into the first-team squad since his arrival from Everton in 2012.
But the 23-year-old believes that both Manuel Pellegrini and Roberto Mancini missed a trick during their time with the club, and would now advise others cautiously as to joining them.
“Personally, I would probably say don’t sign now,” Rodwell said in the Daily Mail.“If I’d been playing regularly for the last two years, I believe I probably would have been up there (as one of best players in the world)."
Rodwell also believes that he would have been a part of England manager Roy Hodgson’s World Cup plans in Brazil this summer had he been tried and tested more at City.
“I certainly think I would have been playing at the World Cup," he said. "It’s just not worked out over the last two seasons and that’s why I am here (at Sunderland) now.”
Rodwell made just 16 league appearances for City in two years, following an injury-plagued first season at the club. But having been fit for the majority of the last campaign, he was simply overlooked by Pellegrini as the club went on to win their second Premier League title in three years.
Would Rodwell have been at the World Cup had he played more regularly for City?