New Manchester City signing Wilfried Bony is desperate for his Champions League dream to become reality.
Bony completed his transfer from Swansea to City last week for a fee which could rise to £28million but he will not be able to play for his new club until he comes back from the African Nations Cup.
The Ivory Coast forward revealed that he resisted the advances of other clubs as he wanted to play in the Champions League.
The Blues are expected to include Bony in their European squad so he can feature in the second-round clash against Barcelona next month.
Throughout Bony’s career he has enviously watched the top teams in Europe contest the Champions League and he is now desperate to get in on the act too.
“The Champions League is a competition I haven’t played in yet. I really want to feel it and enjoy it,” Bony said. “I want to be in the action, not watching. It’s good motivation for me.”
Bony’s prolific return of 20 goals in 2014 made him an obvious target for City, who allowed Alvaro Negredo to move to Valencia last summer. Bony hinted other teams were interested in him, but he says he only had eyes for City.
“I think so,” Bony said when asked if City was the only offer he considered. “I don’t know if I should have chosen the other one. I think this is the best club for me.”
If Bony harboured any doubts about moving to the Etihad Stadium, they were quickly erased by manager Manuel Pellegrini, who told the striker he would have an important role at the Premier League champions.
Bony added: “He [Pellegrini] talked to me [and said] ‘I really need you here, you will be part of our project. I hope you will enjoy it here and I think it’s the right way for you to get one step more in your career and your life. I think you will enjoy here’.”
Meanwhile, Algeria came from behind to begin their African Nations Cup campaign with a 3-1 victory over South Africa yesterday. Thuso Phala gave South Africa the lead but Tokelo Rantie missed a penalty and Thulani Hlatshwayo’s own goal levelled it.
Faouzi Ghoulam and Islam Slimani then earned the Fennec Foxes victory, leaving them level with Senegal - who earlier beat Ghana 2-1 - at the top of Group C.