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Fernandes eyes regular role

Midfielder hopeful of playing consistently in new term

Fernandes: Keen to play

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Manchester City midfielder Gelson Fernandes has stressed he will be seeking a regular playing role in the 2009/10 season.

Fernandes made 17 Premier League appearances for City last campaign but in just three of those outings he made the starting XI.

The Switzerland international has been linked with a move away from Eastlands this summer, with Fulham and St Etienne mooted as potential suitors.

"It is going to be a big year for me. I will not be looking to sit on the bench all the time," said the 22-year-old.

"I am aware that it is a squad game but I need to play."

Fernandes, who joined City from FC Sion in 2007, faces strong competition for a first-team role in the new campaign after boss Mark Hughes signed midfielder Gareth Barry last month.