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Man City ace De Jong: You must be brave to play in Premiership midfield

Manchester City midfielder Nigel de Jong says playing in the Premiership suits his game.

The Holland international has admitted he's had to curb his all-action ways at the World Cup this month.

De Jong, speaking about the Premiership, said: "There's always a battle in midfield. And if you lose, you lose the game.

"Those who withdraw their leg, loses. I need to make sure those guys ahead of me can do their thing. My opponent cannot think they can do what they want. It is a serving role.

"In the Netherlands there is less focus on my position, but you do need someone like me in your team."

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