Manchester City loanee not phased by lack of La Liga action

Bruno Zuculini's struggle for minutes at Valencia has seen the Argentine loanee linked with an early return to Manchester City, but he insists he wants to stay and fight for his place.

Despite reports that Manchester City are preparing to cut Bruno Zuculini’s stay at Valencia short due to a lack of action, the Argentine midfielder himself is keen to remain in Spain.

Zuculini, 21, joined the La Liga side on a season-long loan in August, following his £1.5 million summer move from Racing Club, in a bid to gain regular first-team football.

He has seen just 45 minutes of league action since, however, and the Blues are now said to be looking to bring him back to the Etihad Stadium once the winter market opens if his current situation doesn’t improve over the coming months.

The club could then look to loan him out elsewhere for the second-half of the campaign, with there sure to be no lack of suitors for his services given his undoubted promise.

Zuculini showed a great deal of potential during the pre-season tour of the USA, and there were suggestions at the time that his performances could prompt manager Manuel Pellegrini to keep him around the senior squad.

The under-20 international stressed in a recent interview with Marca, however, that he hadn't heard from his parent club about such plans, and noted that he was prepared to remain at Valencia to fight for his place.

'I have received no communication,' he said. 'If I have to sit down and talk with the City then I'll be honest and say that I want to deal with the situation that is happening.

'I have not spoken to anyone. Neither my agent. I want to stay and fight and then God decides. I am very happy with the people, coaches and teammates.

'When my teammates play and the team wins everyone is happy. My friends are in the team, doing well and scoring goals, so I am comforted. It makes me want to be here.'

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