Espanyol forward Riera eyes Man City switch

January 2, 2006

Espanyol forward Albert Riera has admitted he hopes to join Manchester City on loan this month after growing restless in Barcelona.

Talks are well advanced which would see the midfielder leave Espanyol, whom he joined in the summer on a five-year deal from Bordeaux.

Riera, who has made just eight league appearances for Espanyol, said: 'Not to be playing in December is already a blow.

'It's because you feel kind of low and you can go a year without playing. This team doesn't play very offensive football and as a result, I don't get to play much.

'Manchester City will give me the opportunity to play more, even though I know you have to earn your place in the team.

'It is a great opportunity. What I want is to play and I think it would be the best thing for me and for Espanyol.'