Hot-shot Zarate's Blues goal

Argentinean sets his sights on survival

Zarate: Survival goal

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Birmingham hot-shot Mauro Zarate has pledged to give everything to the Blues' cause as they fight to stay in the top flight.

The Blues hover just two points above the Premier League drop zone in 17th place, with Bolton and Fulham now breathing down their necks after both won last Saturday.

And their position could be worse had Zarate not netted a wonder free-kick to salvage a point at home to Everton.

The strike was Zarate's fourth goal for the Blues since his loan switch from Qatar club Al-Sadd in January.

Success

His success sees him follow in the footsteps of fellow Argentineans Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano, although they needed several months to adjust to the English game after joining West Ham last term.

Zarate keeps in touch with his compatriots, especially Tevez who helped fire the Hammers to safety last term and is now a key player for Manchester United, while Mascherano has moved on to Liverpool.

The 21-year-old told the Daily Mirror: "I am going to give everything to make sure Birmingham stay up because I think we deserve to.

"It would be nice to think I can succeed like Carlos and Javier, who I know from playing back home.

Contact

"We all keep in contact, I have been up to Liverpool a couple of times to see Javier and I went to see Carlos play for United against Bolton.

"Carlos and I speak on the phone because when he first came here he was in a team fighting to avoid relegation."

Zarate moved to Qatar last summer on a lucrative £10million three-year deal, but now plans to play in England or Europe, with Birmingham his first-choice.

He said: "The plan is to either stay in England or play elsewhere in Europe.

"Birmingham City was the first club to show interest and faith in me though so I'd like to be able to stay here."