Dedryck Boyata believes he had no option but to leave Manchester City on loan

Dedryck Boyata: Spending the season with FC Twente after admitting defeat in efforts to earn a regular role at Manchester City

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Dedryck Boyata admits he had hoped to secure a permanent move away from Manchester City over the summer, but is prepared to settle for a loan deal.

With there fierce competition for places at the Etihad Stadium, Boyata finds himself some way down the defensive pecking order.

At 22 years of age he feels he needs regular game time and made it clear to the reigning Premier League champions that he was not prepared to live life in the shadows.

When FC Twente expressed an interest in his services, Boyata pushed for a move and is delighted that he will get to spend the 2012/13 campaign turning out in the Eredivisie and putting himself firmly in the shop window.

"In August I requested a transfer to FC Twente," he told Voetbal International.

"City had nine defenders in their squad. Only four of them can play and only two can sit on the bench. Even in the stands there were bigger names than me.

"I wanted to fight for my place as I am not someone to run away from a challenge. However, sometimes you have to stop dreaming, be realistic and leave.

"I would have preferred to have been sold to Twente and made a fresh start. Manchester City didn't want to go that far. I suppose they still believe in me."