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Monday, July 30, 2012
De Jong: I'm happy at City

ESPN staff

Manchester City's Nigel de Jong has said he is happy at the club and targeted European glory next season.

The Netherlands international has 12 months remaining on his contract at the Etihad and has been linked with a move away from the Premier League champions.

Speculation has suggested the former Hamburg player could make a return to the Bundesliga, with Bayern Munich reportedly interested in signing him.

But 27-year-old De Jong told the Manchester Evening News: "I don't want to talk about that at the moment. It's not in my mind.

"I'm playing football and I'm happy here. I'm happy when I'm on the pitch and when I'm playing - football's the most beautiful game in the world, and you have to enjoy every moment."

He said he wanted City to build on their dramatic Premier League triumph by shining in the Champions League, adding: "Of course that's what we all want, because that's the way to go forward.

"We set ourselves the goal of taking it step by step. We won the FA Cup last year, then the Premier League last season, so the next thing is the Champions League.

"However, that doesn't change the fact that we're in for all the titles this year. We want to win them all, but we have to maintain our focus."

Bayern last week rejected speculation that they were poised to move for De Jong, with chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge telling Sport Bild: "We know that de Jong's agent offers him everywhere. But it is not true to say there is interest from FC Bayern.''

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