Andreas Mancini glad for first-team football at Oldham

Andreas Mancini
Andreas Mancini came through the youth system at Inter Milan

On-loan Oldham Athletic midfielder Andreas Mancini is grateful to the club for giving him the opportunity to play first-team football.

The Italian, 19, signed on loan from Manchester City, made his debut in the Latics' 3-1 JP Trophy win over Crewe.

"It's good for me to go out on loan, to improve as a player, develop and learn," he told BBC Radio Manchester.

"I can learn here with the boss [Paul Dickov] because he used to be a great football player."

Andreas, the son of Manchester City manager Roberto, came through the youth system at Inter Milan while his father was in charge of the Nerazzurri.

He has also spent a year at Bologna before being reunited with his father at the Etihad Stadium this season.

Mancini, who moved to Boundary Park alongside fellow countryman Luca Scapuzzi, 20, says the standard is a step up from playing with City's elite development squad.

"Playing in the reserves when you're 19, it's good because you are playing at Man City, but it's not really competitive football in the reserve league, so it's better to go out on loan and play competitive football," he added.

"The English game is much faster, it's more physical.

"In Italy when you get the ball you have three or four seconds, like in Spain, to turn and everything, but here you don't have it.

"I play similar to my father. They say I look like my father and I wish to do even half of what he did in his career, it would be great.

"It's very tough [to follow Roberto], but if you work hard and believe in what you do, it will be easier."