The Romanian has been ever-present throughout City's march to the final, keeping four clean sheets in five games to set up a Wembley meeting with Wigan.

However, having failed to oust Joe Hart as the club's number one in the Premier League, Pantilimon says he wishes to leave the Etihad Stadium at the end of the season.

"I am happy I am here, but it’s normal that I want to play," he said. "I’m only young and I want to play more.

"The technical staff and everyone knows that after the season is finished, I want to leave, as I want to play more.

"I don’t know if Saturday will be my last game for the club."

The 26-year-old joined Roberto Mancini's side from Politehnica Timisoara on a permanent deal in 2012 following a year-long loan spell at the club.

He has never made an appearance in the English top-flight over two seasons.