Defender Bruno Ecuele Manga has said he’s keeping his focus on Cardiff City having a run at promotion this year given where we find ourselves in the Championship table but should we not make it, he isn’t ruling out moving elsewhere to play in either the English top flight or foreign top flight leagues.
Wales Online have the 27 year old quoted as saying that playing in the Premier League is still his dream, and despite struggling with injuries this year the Gabon international is still determined to achieve that with Cardiff.
Our former Player of the Year is now back in Russell Slade’s first team, with us sitting five points off the play off spots, and Manga wants us to make that our target for the second half of the campaign.
‘Premier League promotion would be the icing on the cake. When I came to Cardiff, the goal was clearly the Premier League, with immediate recovery as the club had just been relegated. Unfortunately, that was not reached. This season we are not far from the play-offs, we`ll do everything to hang on and play to get up. It is do-able. There are still a lot of matches, the road is long and we will do everything to get there. My wish is to play in the Premier League, primarily with Cardiff or elsewhere if we do not get up. The priority is a clear one, to impose myself and play in the Premier League with Cardiff if possible. This is what I most want.’
However Manga knows with a short career that he can’t close the door on other opportunities or increased chances of making that happen, and he went on to say that hopefully after achieving that with Cardiff, he would look to the next chapter of his career – or alternatively in place of not achieving that with the club.
‘After that, I do not close the door on going to other European championships either. If there are attractive opportunities elsewhere, I would study them too, of course. But my hope is really to play in the Premier League, primarily with Cardiff or elsewhere unfortunately it Cardiff do not go up.’
With 39 appearances to his name following is arrival and the return of three goals, he went on to say that being linked with moves to French clubs of late, it was obviously flattering.
‘It touches me enormously. At least the fact that clubs have heard about me. I spent four beautiful seasons in France. It`s good.’
With numerous injury problems though, especially this season, he went on to say he did like the physical nature of the English game and he felt he was well suited to it.
He was obviously delighted to be back in the starting line up after his time out.
‘It is going great. I feel really great. I had a difficult start to the season due to injury and then I played a little less. For a month now, I`m lucky to play again and it`s going very well. I hope to continue like this. I know there is something to do with Cardiff this season, including the playoffs for promotion to the Premier League. It`s true I like English football. I love the duels, the contact, I`m used to all levels. The attackers that continuously press you. I knew it was football that would suit me fine. There`s a lot of play, the ball goes from one side to the other. Everything goes very fast. The players never stop.’
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