Last Updated: Sat, 13 Oct 2012 15:27
Manchester City defender Kolo Toure says he wants to fight for his place at the club despite his lack of playing time.
The Ivorian previously captained the side, but fell down the pecking-order after being handed a six-month drugs ban and is now fourth choice behind current captain Vincent Kompany, Joleon Lescott and new boy Matija Nastasic.
The tough defender was expected to play a larger role for the Citizens, who are the favourites to be the best British side in the Champions League this term, after starting every game in pre-season and appeared to be nearing his previous best.
However, he has made just three appearances this season although he insists he has no intention of leaving in January and wants to continue to win back his place.
"I want to stay, I want to fight for my place," he said. "It's difficult, I was a key player. I've done everything but that will not change the manager's decision. I like City and this season I started every game pre-season.
"I fight. I do my best but the club are showing me the way out at the moment."
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