Manchester City's Nigel de Jong
Manchester City's Nigel de Jong

Dutch midfielder Nigel de Jong says that Manchester City's season will be a terrible waste if they end up in the second place in the Premier League, according to a Sun report.

City, who have performed exceptionally well this season, were recently displaced by rivals Manchester United, after they lost a crucial match against Swansea City.

Now with only ten more games remaining, the race for the Premier League title is on between the two Manchesters and de Jong feels that it will be a disgrace if they end up below the Red Devils.

Also, City will be trying their best to overturn their round of sixteen (first leg) Europa League 1-0 defeat to Sporting Lisbon on Thursday (15 March).

"We are still in two main competitions and the only way we can succeed is to win one of the prizes. You always go for the prizes and we will be very disappointed if, at the end of the day, we end up with no trophies. Everyone is hungry for more after winning the FA Cup last season and that always has to be the ambition of this club," The Sun quoted de Jong as saying.

"The main goal is the Premier League and we still have a chance. But we are still in the Europa League. We said at the start of the season we want to be in as many competitions as we can, so staying in them has to be our aim until the end of the season. It will need a lot of strength and power from us but we have a big enough squad," he added.

City boss Roberto Mancini also stressed the importance of winning the Europa league in their bigger quest of winning the Premier League title.

"If we want to be a top team and change our mentality we have to always play to win. We don't want to lose a game because it could be a distraction for the Premier League. In history, all the top squads won a title or went to the final of the Europa or Champions League. Our mentality should be this," The Sun quoted de Jong as saying.

Also, Mancini has vowed to win the Premier League for John Millington (a City fan who was seen crying on television after City's defeat to Swansea).

"We were very disappointed for our supporters after Swansea because I saw on the TV one of them was crying. So for this guy, and all the fans, we want to change things," said Mancini, according to a Sun report.