Kolo Toure is determined to win his place in Manchester Cityâ€™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 Manciniâ€™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 â€“ 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."