Boyata wanted fresh start

Robert Toole

City Academy graduate, Dedryck Boyata, has spoken out about why he needed to leave City this summer.

The young Belgian, who joined Dutch side FC Twente on loan in the summer, was given a chance at City in Roberto Mancini’s early days and made his debut in the FA Cup Third Round against Middlesbrough in January 2010. Since then Boyata made a string of first team appearances but was loaned to Bolton last season.

In August I requested a transfer to FC Twente, City had nine defenders in their squad. Only four of them can play and only two can sit on the bench. Even in the stands there were bigger names than me.

I wanted to fight for my place as I am not someone to run away from a challenge. However, sometimes you have to stop dreaming, be realistic and leave. I would have preferred to have been sold to Twente and made a fresh start. Manchester City didn’t want to go that far. I suppose they still believe in me.

Boyata’s loan expires in January 2013 when he is due to return to City. Whether the loan deal will be extended is unknown but given the stiff competition at City it looks as if Boyata’s days at the club are numbered.

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