Dzeko: I will fight for my place at City

Manchester City forward Edin Dzeko wants to stay on and fight for his place at the club but admits he needs a run of games in order to play at his best.

Football News: Edin Dzeko, Manchester City

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Dzeko's future at the Eithad Stadium was once again thrown into doubt after the Citizens were recently linked with a move for Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao. Rumours of an impending City bid for the Colombian intensified after City manager Roberto Mancini was seen in the crowd at Atletico's 2-1 win over Malaga on Sunday.

There is already fierce competition for a starting berth upfront under Mancini; Sergio Aguero, Carlos Tevez, Mario Balotelli and Dzeko are all vying for the same position, and the club's apparent interest in Falcao surely spells the end of one of the strikers' City career.

With Aguero and Tevez considered integral components of the City set-up, it appears the most likely player to leave if Falcao does sign would be either Balotelli or Dzeko.

However, Dzeko insists he will not leave the Citizens without a fight and wants to show that he is still of worth to the club.

"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," Dzeko was quoted as saying by 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."

The Bosnian international did admit that he has struggled on the pitch recently but attributed it to a lack of regular playing time, although he did acknowledge the quality of the rest of his striking teammates.

"There is myself and three fantastic strikers so obviously we can't all play at the same time," the former Wolfsburg hitman added.

"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."

The 26-year-old has been in good form this season, scoring three goals and assisting one in the six Premier League games he has featured for City so far.

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