David Rozehnal is determined to fight for his place at Newcastle United.

Ahead of today's derby clash at Sunderland, the Czech Republic defender said: "The Premier League is the best in the world and I couldn't wait to sign for Newcastle because this is the level I want to play at.

"I did not come here to be on the bench but I can't disagree with the manager's decision. I have to show, in training or when I play that I'm the best and I want to play for him.

"I have never played at this level so regularly before and it is still a challenge. Every single week you know that you will play against a very good striker.

"There are some big names out there but even if they are not big stars, they will be strong and dangerous and it's a real test, but that is why I came here. Those are players I enjoy playing against."