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Man City's Sun Jihai wants Olympic Games spot

"Although I have become much more mature as I've grown older and have more life experience, I couldn't hide my excitement when I heard the news," Sun said during a signing ceremony between China's portal website and English soccer website on Tuesday.

But whether the Dalian native will actually make the Olympic team is still anybody's guess. He will face pretty stiff competition among fellow senior teammates such as Li Weifeng, Sun Xiang, Shao Jiayi - who plays for German club Energie Cottbus - and Zheng Zhi, who had great success with Charlton in the English Championship.

The sophisticated Sun treated the recent speculation with a touch of Zen: "Life is more important than soccer," he said. "I will be happy if I can make it and I won't be sad if I can't. I won't push myself for that."

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