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FA Cup final keeper wants out of Man City

ESPN staff
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Costel Pantilimon has said he will seek a move away from Manchester City after he has made what could be his last appearance for the club at Wembley this weekend.

Pantilimon, 26, signed for City from Politehnica Timisoara in 2011 but has failed to make a Premier League appearance for the club due to Joe Hart being the club's No. 1.

The Romania goalkeeper has, however, been used in the FA Cup this season and this week manager Roberto Mancini confirmed he will start in Saturday's FA Cup final at Wembley.

"I am happy here but it is normal that I want to play regularly," Pantilimon said in the Independent. "The technical staff knows that after the season is finished I want to leave. Those discussions will come after the season. I don't know if Saturday will be my last game; it depends on what happens."

Pantilimon explained that he needs regular first-team football in order to remain in the thoughts of Romania manager Victor Piturca.

"The manager of the national team tells me every time I speak to him: 'Please try to play more'," Pantilimon said. "It is important for my country as well as my career. I am young - not 35 and waiting to finish. My agent will discuss it with the manager and we will see what happens."

Despite his failure to make a significant impression at the Etihad, Pantilimon insisted he has no regrets about joining City.

"You get one chance and when a club like Manchester City wants you, you have to take it," he said. "I knew Joe was a very good keeper, the England No 1. I took the risk because it was an opportunity to be at a top club.

"I still think it was a good choice. I have been waiting for my chance and now I am in an FA Cup final."

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