Kolo Toure is determined to win his place in Manchester City’s line-up after turning down a potential move to Turkey.
Reports suggest that Galatasaray were among the sides hoping to bring in the Ivory Coast centre-back but Toure was keen to remain with the English champions and fight for his spot in Roberto Mancini’s side.
"There were other clubs in for me in the summer, but I love England," he told the Manchester Evening News.
"Some good Turkish clubs came in with good offers but I want to stay at the top, play in the Premier League and prove I am still one of the best defenders out there.
"Since I came back from the problem (six-month suspension for failing a drug test) I had I have been fourth choice every time, and that has been really difficult. It is hard to come in and give your best.
"I feel I can still get into the team. Ask anybody – every day at training I give everything. Joleon and Vincent have been fantastic and deserve their place, but it's much harder when a young player comes and steps in front of you.
"It's hard, but that is the manager's choice and what can I do? I need to work hard and that is alright by me.
"Sometimes I am not on the bench and that is not easy, but it's up to me to prove to the manager that I am still one of the best."