Edin Dzeko has told Roberto Mancini he wants to stay and fight to become Manchester City's top striker.
The 26-year-old Bosnian front-man was tipped to leave the Etihad Stadium this summer, amid interest from a host of top European clubs, including Juventus, AC Milan and Bayern Munich.
However, Dzeko decided to stay in England, and after scoring four goals for the Premier League champions already this season - including an off-the-bench winner against Fulham at the weekend - he's happy he made the right decision.
"Every time I see a paper - for what seems like for a year or more - there is a story saying that I am leaving City or that I want to go," he told the Manchester Evening News.
"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 and my motto has always been: 'Never give up'."
Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez have tended to be Mancini's preferred starting pair for the Citizens this season, but with a busy campaign domestically and in Europe, Dzeko is confident his time will come.
"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," he continued.
"The more games you play, the more goals you are likely to score but with so many good strikers at the club, that's how it is going to be and as a player, you accept that and just try your best each time you play and that's what I do and will continue to do.
"I hope the City fans, who have always been fantastic towards me, have seen I can score some important goals for the team and that's what I want to carry on doing."
Manchester City face Borussia Dortmund at home in the Champions League on Wednesday night, before they return to domestic action on Saturday with the Premier League visit of Sunderland.
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