Savic will settle at City

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Manchester City defender Stefan Savic is determined to seize the opportunity that has been handed to him, as he looks to make his mark in Roberto Mancini's first-team.

The 21-year-old Montenegro international has been thrust into the limelight at the Etihad Stadium, with the Citizens light on defensive options following the four-game suspension given to club captain Vincent Kompany.

With Kolo Toure away on African Cup of Nations duty with Ivory Coast, Savic will be required to line up alongside Joleon Lescott at the heart of City's defence.

After arriving from Partizan Belgrade in a £6million deal in the summer, Savic has been limited to cameo first-team appearances so far this campaign, but the stopper is adamant that he can fill the void left by defensive absentees.

"When you are replacing someone like Vinny, everyone expects a lot from you," he told City's official website. "He is our captain and our leader. But I think I can do it."

Savic endured a baptism of fire against Liverpool in the Carling Cup in midweek, struggling to cope with the commanding presence of Andy Carroll up front, and he was also guilty of conceding the penalty that ultimately was the difference between the two sides in the first leg, bringing down Daniel Agger after a clumsy challenge.

"The first half was difficult and the tackle for the penalty was a bad decision from me," reflected Savic.

"But after that we came back into the match and had some chances and we still have a chance to go to the final."

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