Carlisle United loanee Chantler hopes to follow in Clayton steps

Chris Chantler
Chantler has made one first team appearance for parent club Manchester City

Manchester City utility player Chris Chantler says the success of former team-mate Adam Clayton helped influence his loan switch to Carlisle United.

Clayton, who now plays for Leeds, made 36 appearances in two spells with the Cumbrians and helped the club to the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final in 2010.

"It did a lot for Adam, it propelled him to get the move to Leeds United," Chantler told BBC Radio Cumbria.

"He's kicked on from there and done very well, it's a good club to be at."

The 20-year-old has been at boyhood club City since the age of nine, and progressed through the academy ranks to earn a place in the club's Elite Development Squad.

His first-team debut in December 2010 came away in a 1-1 Europa League draw with Italian side Juventus.

City stars are an influence - Chantler

"It was getting into the last couple of minutes and I was warming up when the gaffer [Roberto Mancini] called me over to go on," Chantler added.

"It was my birthday as well, I was waiting for a couple of minutes thinking I would never get on but the ball finally went out of play.

"It was only brief, but great for me being a City fan and playing for them is a big thing."

Further opportunities have been limited by the quality of the first-team squad at the Etihad Stadium, and Chantler's debut remains his sole first-team appearance.

"City's such a big club now, they've got two world class players in every position.

"To be a player at City is going to be very hard now, so to come here is a good opportunity.

"I'm weighing up my options, Man City will be tough but to come to Carlisle which is a good club in League One is beneficial."

Chantler was preceeded at Brunton Park by current City team-mate Jeremy Helan, who featured twice for the club during a month-long loan this season.

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