Elano relishing City life

27 March 2009 05:28
Elano has revealed he is relishing his new lease of life at Manchester City after forcing his way back into Mark Hughes' plans.[LNB] The former Shakhtar Donetsk ace, who City paid £8million for in August 2007, has endured a frustrating campaign at Eastlands.[LNB]But after spending much of the season on the substitutes' bench, the Brazilian has played in eight of City's last ten games.[LNB]Elano said: "My situation is good, it's improved a lot.[LNB]Extremely important"I've played in eight of the last 10 games and that is extremely important. I know have the capability to be a regular at my club and I've been playing well, doing my job and scoring goals.[LNB]"It was a question of time."[LNB]The midfielder was speaking ahead of Brazil's World Cup qualifier in Ecuador on Sunday when he may line-up against clubmate Felipe Caicedo.[LNB]"He's commented that it's the game of their lives because a defeat will make it very difficult it for them to qualify," said Elano.[LNB]"But I've already told him that we're going to make it really tough for them."[LNB]Despite his problems at City, Elano has kept his place in Dunga's Brazilian squad, where he has scored six goals in 29 appearances since making his debut in 2006.[LNB]Very useful"I've never been an outstanding player but I've always been a very useful player for Brazil," he added.[LNB]"And when I have a chance to score, I take it, so I've been playing regularly. It's been nearly three years with Brazil and Dunga has given me a good run.[LNB]"I've always admired Ronaldinho....but whenever I play for Brazil, I try to do my best and it's worked out which is why Dunga has put me in the team. I think I've deserved my place."[LNB]

Source: SKY_Sports