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Elano unhappy with lack of first team action

Elano has spoken of his "sadness'' at falling out of favour at Manchester City recently.

The Brazilian midfielder did not feature in the defeat against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday as was only a substitute against FC Twente in the UEFA Cup. In fact, Elano was subbed at the end of that match after coming off the bench in the 65th minute.

The playmaker, and star of the Man City team last season, has only completed the full 90 minutes on four occasions so far this campaign and is growing frustrated.

It has been suggested that Elano and his fellow Brazilians Jo and Robinho are growing disillusioned with Mark Hughes' management style, though the 27-year-old did not hint at such problems.

Hughes is coming under increasing pressure after a poor run of form but Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak has insisted he is firmly behind him and has no intention of making a change.

Elano said: "It's his (Hughes') right, he is the manager. I respect him and I will keep working, arriving on time and doing my duties at the club, but my sadness is not playing.

"I can't hide that from the fans or the president, who wants to make this a big club. I think I have the capabilities to be playing. City have a big project, they have something which not many clubs have at the moment - money.

"I want to help by playing. I respect everyone here. I have many friends here and get on with the team 100%.

"I respect the manager a lot but I cannot be happy if I don't play.''

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