Manchester City defender Kolo Toure insists that he is thoroughly enjoying being back playing for the club at the minute, despite his uncertain future at the Etihad stadium.

The Ivory Coast international, who is out of contract in the summer, has mostly been frozen out of the first-team picture at the City of Manchester Stadium this year, leaving him a disillusioned figure on the subs bench. However, having impressed while deputising for injured captain Vincent Kompany in recent matches, Toure has rekindled his love for playing.

"I feel very good at the moment. I've had the chance recently to play more and I'm really enjoying being able to give my best for my team," he said.

"Everyone around me and all my team-mates have helped me a lot, and that's very important.

"Every time I have played for City, I just give 100 per cent - for me the main thing is just to work hard."

Since coming into the side, Toure has helped City keep five clean sheets in a row as they attempt to track down Premier League leaders Manchester United and win the FA Cup.

Toure, 32 next week, originally lost his place last campaign after serving a drugs ban but the tough-tackling defender insists he never lost faith in his ability despite finding himself behind Kompany, Matija Nastasic and Joleon Lescott in the pecking order.

"We have so many players here and it's difficult to play every game, but you need to get ready and any time you have the chance to play give 100 per cent," he said.

"It's very important to keep focused and to keep your concentration high and keep working hard in training. That's the only thing you can do.

"It's always difficult when you don't play and are not in the team, but the only thing that can keep you going is working hard and believing in yourself - and that is what I have been doing."


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