Weiss looks to play double role
- Tue 26 Jan 2010, 3:03PM
- Posted by Peter Ferguson
Vladimir Weiss is preparing for the World Cup with a loan spell at Bolton - but the tricky Slovakia winger can still help the Blues to get back into Europe next season.
Sympathetic City boss Roberto Mancini let Weiss go to the Reebok this week so that the 20-year-old prospect can hone his skills in Premier League action for the South Africa finals.
But Weiss can also boost City's top-four bid from afar. He said: "I can still help City. Bolton play Liverpool on Saturday, and we still have Manchester United, Aston Villa, Chelsea and Spurs to come. But my priority for now will be Bolton.
"It's hard in a way to leave City, even if it is only for a few months. But Bolton is only half an hour away, so I can still live at home - I'm just training and playing with different lads.
"I can tell I'm going to be happy here, the people are nice and everybody has made me welcome.
"The most important thing for me is that I get experience and match fitness for the World Cup finals in the summer. At my age I need to be getting games, and the manager understood that.
"Bolton need to make sure they stay in the Premier League and it's not going to be easy. But that means it will be a proper challenge for all the players at the Reebok, including me now.
"I'm not sure of getting a game when I look at the squad here. There's plenty of competition so making my mark is going to be hard. I can only try my best in training and take it from there."
Vladi's father, Vladimir Weiss Senior, is Slovakia's coach and flew over to help decide the move.
He added: "City have enough good players in the squad already. When I get back in the summer I'll be a different player, with more experience and hopefully a good World Cup behind me."