Manchester City forward Edin Dzeko has stated that he has no intention of leaving the club, and will fight for his place in the team.
The Bosnian attacker is not a first-choice for Roberto Mancini, who has Carlos Tevez, Sergio Aguero and Mario Balotelli to pick from also, and is reportedly interested in luring Radamel Falcao to the Etihad Stadium.
However, Dzeko has confirmed that he does not want to leave the Premier League champions and will continue to work hard to get a place in the City staring XI.
“Every time I see a paper, for what seems like a year or more there is a story saying that I am leaving City, or that I want to go,” he told The Sun.
“But I’ve never said that so the stories don’t come from me. I’ve always wanted to stay at City and fight for my place. My motto has always been ‘never give up’.
“I hope the City fans who have always been fantastic towards me have seen I can score important goals for the team and that’s what I want to carry on doing.
“There is myself and three fantastic strikers so obviously we can’t all play at the same time. So sometimes it can be difficult to find your rhythm.
“You could play one game and then be on the bench for the next three.
“I think confidence is the key to playing at your best, of course. Plus the more games you play, the more goals you are likely to score.
“But, as I say, with many good strikers at the club that’s how it’s going to be.
“As a player you accept that and just try your best each time you play. That’s what I do and will continue to do,” he concluded.