Manchester City's Guidetti remains hopeful of emulating Larsson at Celtic

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With his potential move to Celtic now in the hands of FIFA, Manchester City's Swedish striker John Guidetti is hoping the deal will finally be approved.

Manchester City striker John Guidetti remains hopeful that FIFA will duly approve his loan move to Celtic, as he bids to follow in the footsteps of fellow Swede Henrik Larsson.

The 22-year-old was rushed to Glasgow on Monday night in the hopes of sealing a last-minute switch before the 11pm transfer deadline, but there are doubts over whether the paperwork was completed in time.

‘It was chaos yesterday. I don't think I ate all day,’ he told newspaper Sportbladet while on national team duty with the Swedish under-21 side.

‘It was just wait, wait, wait. Hundreds of fans stood outside the stadium and waited in the middle of the night.’

Things have progressed positively so far, with the Scottish FA accepting the transfer paperwork, but it now remains up to the world governing body to declare whether the move can be approved.

‘I hope that it sorts itself out with Celtic, otherwise I'll have to stay at City and that's not the worst thing that could happen,’ he added. ‘Unfortunately, the papers weren't finished in time and now it's up to FIFA to decide.’

Guidetti has struggled to make his mark at City since arriving from local club IK Brommapojkarna in 2008, but did enjoy a successful loan spell with Dutch side Feyenoord during the 2011-12 campaign, scoring 20 goals in 23 league games.

However, after spending the second-half of last season at Stoke, where he made just six substitute appearances under former manager Mark Hughes, the promising front man find himself behind the likes of Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Stefan Jovetic in the pecking order, with Manuel Pellegrini deeming him surplus to requirements.

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Told to find a new club during the closing stages of the transfer window, Parkhead would pose an ideal destination for Guidetti to reignite his career, and the former Eredivisie star is hoping to emulate compatriot and Hoops legend Larsson.

‘We did actually talk about the number seven [Larsson's old shirt] last night,’ he added. ‘They're big shoes to fill, but it would have been fun.’

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