Manchester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has admitted that he wants to leave the club in search of regular first-team football.
The 21-year-old Dane has made just a handful of appearances for the Citizens to date, but has impressed while on loan at Coventry City, Cardiff City, Falkirk, Bury and Darlington.
Schmeichel told the Daily Mirror: "I want to leave City, no question.
"It is heartbreaking every time you don't play and one year sitting on the bench would not be good for my development.
"I have been trying to leave for a while, because last season, the week after I signed a new contract, I was told I wasn't playing.
"Sven-Goran Eriksson was telling me he wanted me to play and let me develop and every day he was asking me about my contract situation.
"But as soon as I signed the contract, when I got to the hotel before playing Newcastle away in September, I was told I wasn't playing.
"At the time I was playing and I had a good offer of a good contract, but it might have been a mistake to sign for the four years.
"I've been told there is no chance of me leaving, but I want to play first-team football."