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Rekik coy over City return

Dutch defender Karim Rekik insists that he won't return to Manchester City unless he is given a chance in the first team.

The teenager has impressed during his current loan spell at PSV Eindhoven, to such an extent that Louis van Gaal has called him in to his Netherlands squad.

Rekik, who has also spent time on loan in England with Blackburn and Portsmouth, is due to return to the Etihad Stadium this summer.

However, the 19-year-old says that he will not be looking at spending next season at City unless he is under consideration for the first team.

"My main aim is to play for City, but I'll only go back if I have a serious chance of game time," he told Voetbal International.

"I've got a season's experience of Dutch football under my belt, and it would be senseless for me to go back and spend another year sitting on the bench or in the stand.

"I need to be able to play a minimum 20 games for City next season in order to develop as a player and it is an important time for me.

"I will make this clear when I meet them to discuss my progress.

"I have a lot of competition with Vincent Kompany, Martin Demichelis, Joleon Lescott and Matija Nastasic in City's squad.

"If they all stay put, it's best for me to have another year out on loan.

"But Lescott wants to leave and if they let him go and don't replace him, then it will be interesting for me."

Rekik joined City from Feyenoord's academy in 2011.