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Newcastle defender Sven Botman up for Man City test

Newcastle defender Sven Botman says he'll be ready for Manchester City this weekend.

The Dutch defender made his full debut away to Brighton & Hove Albion and helped keep a clean sheet in the south coast stalemate at the weekend.

He told Chronicle Live: "The first question was why the Premier League. But the answer is the level is so high, you want to play against top players.

"You just want to play here and see yourself against these types of strikers.

"I like challenges so this is the biggest one for me."

He added: "It's a good step to go from France to England. France is maybe not the highest level in Europe but you play against good strikers and big-name players.

"When you play against Lyon or Monaco the level is really high in those matches. Against St Etienne or Montpellier, it's also really tough because you play against strong and fast strikers. This was a good step just before the Premier League."

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