Manchester City’s second choice shot-stopper Costel Pantilimon says he can barely contain his delight having joined the league leaders, saying life at the Etihad Stadium keeps getting “better and better”.

Pantilimon joined City over the summer on loan from Romanian outfit Poli Timisoara, and starred in their Carling Cup quarter final victory over Arsenal in mid-week, pulling off a string of outstanding saves to help his side pick up their first cleansheet in five games on their way to a 1-0 win.

"The manager made the choice and he brought me here," he said.

"In training, with the coaches and goalkeepers, we do some very good stuff and they know what plans they choose. They have made a very good team. We are in first position and now we are in the semi-final. Things are getting better and better."

While life appears pretty sweet for Pantimilon he faces the tough task of dislodging England international Joe Hart from between the posts, but while the pair are competing for the same position, the 24-year-old says Hart was amongst the first to wish him luck against Arsenal.

“He sent me a message before the game to tell me good luck," he added. "I thank him for that. He is a great guy.”

"Stuart Taylor also is a very good guy and I am happy because I am working with very nice people and very good players."

When questioned whether he would be appearing in the semi-final against Liverpool and a possible Wembely appearance Pantilimon responded: “We'll see - step by step.”

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