City ace happy to get ‘thumbs up’ from the boss

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Adam Johnson has distanced himself from a move away from Manchester City this summer, stating his intentions to stay and fight for his place at the Etihad Stadium this season.

The 24-year-old England international winger has been linked with a host of Barclays Premier League clubs amid speculation he has fallen further down the pecking order as City further strengthened their attacking options with the arrival of Sergio Aguero ahead of the 2011-12 campaign.

With a squad of world-class players at his disposal, Roberto Mancini faces a difficult task in keeping all of his stars happy in the squad rotation system, but is adamant that Johnson remains an important part of the first team and that he has no intention of selling him.

"It's good to hear I'm part of the manager's plans," said Johnson. "It's nice when he's saying things like that when you're getting linked with other teams.


"With the players we buy and the squad we've got, I think probably about 90 per cent of the team know they're not going to play every single game."

Despite spending nearly three months on the sidelines with an ankle ligament injury last season, Johnson made 43 appearances for City in 2010-11, and is hoping to continue that good as the new season fast approaches.

And whilst there are very few players who can be sure of playing in every game, Johnson is confident he will get plenty of opportunities to impress.

"That's just part of being at a massive club," he continued. "I think having two players in every position is good but if there's any more then it's difficult to get a game."

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