FORMER Newport County AFC loan star Antoine Semenyo is putting a potential Premier League move out of his mind and focusing on breaking into the Bristol City side, writes Andrew Penman.

Semenyo scored six goals in 32 appearances for County earlier this season and his performances against Leicester City and Middlesbrough in the FA Cup reportedly caught the eye of Chelsea and Manchester United.

The 19-year-old forward was recalled to Bristol in January with a move to Chelsea on the cards but the transfer did not go through.

He’s had to bide his time since then, but the youngster made quite the impression when he came off the bench to help the Robins secure a valuable point on the road against Preston North End at the weekend.

City manager Lee Johnson said: “It was great to get Antoine on and if it wasn’t for an unbelievable save, he would have scored the winner.

“He’s a real talent. He did very well at Newport and there was interest from Premier League teams, but this shows we trust our young talent and give them an opportunity to play here.”

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Semenyo was pleased to make his second appearance for his parent club – 10 months after his debut at the end of last season.

“I’m happy to get the chance and I’ll be fighting for that place now,” said the talented teenager.

“I hope I can play a part and this is a start. I’m just going to keep training hard every day and wait for my chance.

“And when it comes, I have to take it – give me a chance and I’ll score.”

Reflecting on his time at Rodney Parade, Semenyo said: “It helped me so much. When you’re playing well, you’re in the team. And when you’re not playing well, you’re on the bench.

“You just have to keep that consistency and it went well there, so I was happy.”

Asked about a potential summer move, he added: “I’m just focusing on my football now. I’m not thinking about the summer just yet.

“I want to be involved in the 12 games remaining and I’m hoping that when I get my chance, I take it.”

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