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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Dec 26, 2006

Baptista aiming to impress at Arsenal

MADRID, Dec 26 (Reuters) - Arsenal's Brazilian attacking midfielder Julio Baptista can see a future for himself in the Premier League, if he is given the chance to adapt to the English game.

The 25-year-old international moved to London at the end of August in a one-year loan deal from Real Madrid, with Spain forward Jose Antonio Reyes going in the opposite direction.

However, with both clubs having options to buy the respective players at the end of the season, Baptista has had few chances to prove his worth, making only two league starts so far.

'Arsene Wenger tells me he will wait until I get used to this league, but until I play regularly I won't achieve that,' Baptista told Spanish sports daily AS on Tuesday.

'The idea is to participate as much as possible and at the end of the year evaluate everything and decide if the positives outweigh the negatives.

'I don't want to be just one more player. I want to help the team. But I can imagine myself being here for a few seasons.'

Considered surplus to requirements at Real in August, Baptista is unsure how he would fit in if he returned to the Bernabeu.

'Real are a very different side to the one I left. Coach Fabio Capello would have to change his system for me to get back in the team,' he added.

'I don't know if my exit was down to the club or Capello.'

Baptista joined Real from Sevilla in 2005 in a deal worth $24.20 million, but failed to hold down a regular place with the nine-times European champions.

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