Benjani's City hopes

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Benjani has spoken for the first time of his wish to play for Manchester City.

In-limbo striker still hopes his controversial transfer can go ahead

Benjani has spoken for the first time of his wish to play for Manchester City. Uncertainty surrounds his £8million switch from Portsmouth as the Premier League continues to examine the paperwork for the deal. The proposed transfer appeared to have fallen through after the striker missed two flights to Manchester on Thursday night and only arrived just minutes before the midnight deadline. Confusion now seems to surround the paperwork for the deal but the Zimbabwean still hopes to complete the move.

Go through

"I'm still hopeful that the move will go through," Benjani told the Manchester Evening News. "I want to play for Manchester City." Speaking of the rush on Thursday evening, the Zimbabwean added: "I had to drive from Portsmouth up to London to catch my flight at 7pm. "I got there in time but the flight was cancelled. By the time I got up to Manchester, it was too late to get everything done in time. "I'm here and still hoping everything can be sorted out so that I can continue my career with Manchester City." This sentiment was echoed by City boss Sven-Goran Eriksson, who said: "I hope the deal will still go through and Benjani becomes a City player."

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