Vladimir Weiss insists that he is not guaranteed a place in Slovakia's historic first appearance at the World Cup finals ... even though his dad will be picking the team!
Vladimir Senior has become a national hero by coaching the unfancied Slovaks to South Africa next summer with City Academy product Vladi winning rave reviews for some wing wizardry.
But the 19-year-old prospect battling to force his way into Mark Hughes' first team reckons he will have to figure more regularly for City to be certain of making his mark next June.
Proud Vladi says: "Nobody expected us to be there, so it's a great achievement for Slovakia, the first time we've ever qualified. For me and my dad, it's just unbelievable!
But it's seven months away and I'm not thinking that I'm definitely going. My mum will be there to support my dad and hopefully me. But I need to play more to be sure of getting in the squad
Weiss, who made an eye-catching City debut off the bench in the final game of last season against Bolton, produced a sparkling cameo in the 5-1 Carling Cup win over Scunthorpe last month.
He said: "The last game I was OK, I went past my man a few times. That's always a great feeling. My style of play does excite the fans, I like to beat players. But I've not played that many."
So might Vlad's dad face a tough decision? "I played for Slovakia when I'd not really played here. He still gave me the chance. I think I took it - since I got in the Slovakia team I've started every game. The fans back home support me, which is good to know."