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Zarate confident keeping Birmingham up

Mauro Zarate is delighted with his move to Birmingham and determined to keep his new club in the Premiership.

The 20-year-old told the Birmingham Mail: "I am very excited to be here. I wasn't happy in Qatar so when this chance appeared, I was willing to take it.

"The Premier League is the best league in the world and this team (Birmingham) is good and I think it can move forward.

"I know Birmingham have been down towards the bottom of the table but in a way it is nice to be playing with something at stake and not being in the middle of the league where nothing matters.

"That appeals to me. Every game is going to be important. It is not a case of playing for nothing. My message to the supporters is that Birmingham will stay in the Premier League - and I will do everything I can to help.

"I am determined to do well for the next few months, then seek a permanent transfer and stay here for many years."

Zarate will be aiming to make a bigger impact than the last Argentinian player to play for the club in striker Luciano Figueroa.

He only lasted six months at Blues after a £2.5million move from Rosario Central five years ago.

He said: "I don't know what happened with Figueroa but I want it to work out for me at Birmingham.

"I am here to make my mark and make people remember me. I will give my best to make sure that happens."

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