Martin Petrov: I deserve to start for Manchester City

07 October 2009 08:29
The Bulgarian scored and scooped man-of-the-match plaudits against West Ham at Eastlands a week ago.

Yet the performance was not enough for the 30 year-old to keep his place at Aston Villa on Monday.

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Quite apart from Bellamy's brilliant recent form, Petrov also knows £32.5million British record signing Robinho will be back in action soon as he is close to recovering from an ankle injury picked up on international duty with Brazil.

'When they give me a chance I give my best,' said Petrov. 'I think I've shown that I deserve a place in the starting line-up but it's up to him [Hughes].

'It is not pleasant. I am a professional and I am observing my obligations but it doesn't rest well with me.'

Hughes has praised Petrov's attitude since a deadline-day move to Tottenham failed to be completed.

Hughes also brushed off Petrov's goal celebration at West Ham, when he ran a few paces towards the dugouts before holding the back of his shirt to emphasise the name.

'I didn't do it for him,' said Petrov. 'I did it for my wife because she forgot my number.'

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