Midfielder Bersant Celina has no regrets about his time at Manchester City and is looking forward to a reunion when Swansea welcome the Premier League giants to the Liberty Stadium for Saturday’s FA Cup clash.
The 22-year-old spent a couple of years with the City academy before signing professional terms although his four-year spell with the big boys included just four appearances in all competitions.
The Kosovo international was sent out on loan to Dutch club FC Twente and Championship outfit Ipswich Town before finally moving to Swansea in the summer of 2018.
He has enjoyed 33 outings in England’s second tier this term and now feels his time at the Etihad Stadium was a learning curve. “I did my best at City,” he told the BBC.
“I don’t think it was a failure for me. I was just happy to be in that squad and to learn from the manager.
“They have some of the best players in the world with great experience. I am just a young guy trying to become like them and it’s going to take time.”
City will arrive in south Wales still hunting down all four trophies this campaign, having already pocketed the Carabao Cup. They lead the Premier League and are through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
It is a daunting prospect for Celina and his team-mates, something not lost on the youngster.
“They are maybe the best team in Europe at the moment,” he added.
“We need Manchester City to have a really bad game while we have a really good one. It’s going to be difficult, obviously, but it’s possible.” City are priced at 1.13 to win the match. The Swans can be backed at 19.00.