Scapuzzi looking to shine
Italian starlet hoping to become a key figure in Mancini's plans
By Simone Bargellini. Last Updated: February 16, 2012 1:13pm
Luca Scapuzzi: Could be sent out on loan again, but intends to make his mark with Manchester City
Luca Scapuzzi is unsure whether he will see out the season with Manchester City or be sent out on loan, but he is hoping to make his mark in the future.
The 20-year-old playmaker is held in high regard at the Etihad Stadium, but there is fierce competition for places within the Blues' ranks.
Taking that into account, many of the club's youngsters are being forced to look elsewhere for games.
Scapuzzi was sent out on loan to League One outfit Oldham earlier this season, and caught the eye during a three-month stay at Boundary Park.
He has since returned to City with the intention of forcing his way into Roberto Mancini's plans, but accepts that he may have to be patient in his pursuit of regular first-team football.
"I don't know if I'll go out on loan again and stay away until the end of the season, it depends on what the coach decides," Scapuzzi told tuttomercatoweb.
"At the moment I am working here and that is important for my growth.
"My goal is to stand out at Manchester City. I know that will not be easy and it will take time, but City have tied me to a long-term contract and I want to stand out here."
Scapuzzi has also given his take on the ongoing Carlos Tevez saga, with the Argentine striker having returned to England after ending his self-imposed exile in his homeland.
"I think that the players will welcome him back because they have shared many victories together," he said.
"For City, Tevez was and still is a very important player. If he plays, he will bring added value and help City in their efforts to win the Premier League and Europa League."