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Mpenza determined to establish himself at Man City

Emile Mpenza is determined to establish himself at Manchester City.

The 29-year-old said: "The season is very long and the chances come. I have played good, it is good for me and I am happy.

"It is very difficult for one striker up front alone but for me it is no problem. I played good, the team played good."

The former Hamburg and Standard Liege player was brought to City in February by former manager Stuart Pearce and has quickly settled off the field.

He has learned his English and feels comfortable in his surroundings. Playing in the Barclays Premier League was a long-held ambition and he now hopes to establish himself in it.

He said: "I think for me it is the best league in the world. It is better I stay in England and for me it is better I stay in Manchester.

"I had only one chance to come to England - for this team. When I go to another team now I will not be happy!"

Mpenza has witnessed first hand the City transformation from a team struggling against relegation to one, under Eriksson, that sat third heading into the weekend's fixtures.

"I am very happy," he said. "Last year was very difficult for me. I came for the last games, which were very dangerous for the team.

"It is nice to be playing at the top of the league now and the team play very well.

"We have brought some good players and the quality is better. When you see the training it is much different to last year.

"There is quality in the team. I said before the league started, I saw in training, I thought fifth or seventh in the table was possible."

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