De Jong accepts bench role

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Nigel de Jong has insisted he is happy to stay at Manchester City, despite the limited opportunity for starts.

The Dutch international has had to face speculation over his future at Etihad Stadium following manager Roberto Mancini’s preference for Gareth Barry in the holding midfield role.

De Jong also only has a year left on his contract and talks over a new deal are said to have broken down, but he is not panicking at the moment and stated he was keen to stay on with the Premier League champions.

“My contract runs for another year, so I'm in a pretty good position,” he told Dutch magazine NU Sport.

“I would like to stay. I've been at the club for more than three years and I'm enjoying myself.”

The 27-year-old claimed his attachment to the club has only been strengthened by witnessing, first hand, how far they had come since the Abu Dhabi takeover.

De Jong joined from Bundesliga side Hamburg in 2009 for a fee in the region of £18million and claims to have witnessed the club move from “chaos” to being a title-winning outfit.

“I have won the two biggest trophies in England - the FA Cup and the league title,” he added.

“I've seen the club develop from total chaos with the training facilities into a top club, and that's very satisfying to see.”

After initially making himself an important part of the first team, De Jong has seen his chances narrow, and he made only 11 Premier League starts last season.

While the former Ajax man admits it was disappointing to miss out so often, he acknowledges that squad rotation is an essential part of a successful club and was prepared to wait for his chance.

“It is part of the job that I sometimes sit on the bench,” conceded De Jong.

“We have a rotation system. Ideally I would play in every game, but the team comes first and we won the title, so it was all worth it."

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