Last Updated: Tue, 13 Nov 2012 15:44
Bayern Munich defender Daniel Van Buyten has revealed he is not giving up on his hopes of a starting spot in Jupp Heynckes' first XI.
The Belgian faces stiff competition in the backline of last season Champions League runners-up, with Dante, Holger Badstuber and Jerome Boateng all vying for places.
The 34-year-old may be coming towards the end of his career but he believes that he can add a different dimension to the side, and he feels that strength and depth in the squad will be crucial this season if the Bavarian club are to end a two-year spell without a major trophy.
Heynckes side already hold a seven-point gap at the top of the Bundesliga table winning 10 and losing one of their opening 11 games.
"In attack, surely I have certain qualities and can help the team. You could see that against Eintracht Frankfurt. I had two good chances," Van Buyten explained.
"It's a good problem for the trainer to have. For us, it's a fight, but in a positive way. Everyone wants to have success. We didn't win anything in the last two years.
"I don't think that anyone will give up, I certainly won't. I'm happy about being fit again. Now I have to step on the gas."
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