Garrido to 'nail down' role
Javier Garrido has set his sights on becoming a regular feature in the Man City first-team.
By James Dall
Last Updated: 08/10/08 10:30am
Javier Garrido has set his sights on becoming a regular feature in the Manchester City first-team.
The left-back signed for the club from Real Sociedad last summer, but injuries disrupted his first campaign at Eastlands.
He has, however, started the last three of City's Premier League matches and was on target in Sunday's 3-2 loss to Liverpool.
Garrido, 23, is now keen to cement a place in manager Mark Hughes' plans for the duration of the 2008/09 campaign.
"I've been competing for a place with Michael Ball and, as a result of injuries, I've been in and out of the side during my first season here," he told Guillem Balague's official website.
"However, I plan on nailing down a regular starting place, having a good season and getting lots of playing time and then, hopefully, an opportunity will arise to show what I can do."
Hughes, backed by the financial muscle of Abu Dhabi United Group for Development and Investment, is expected to bolster his ranks during the January transfer window.
Garrido believes the investment will be good for the club, but is wary he will have to up his game in order to maintain a starting berth in the side.
"Players hear the names of others who may be coming in and of course you wonder about how it's going to affect you," he said.
"But you just have to focus on taking your chances and playing well when you get in to the side.
"Be positive, don't worry about who is coming in and think this is a fantastic opportunity to play for a great club that is being transformed and really going places."