Kolo Toure always had faith his ability would help him regain a regular starting berth in Manchester City's side.
Toure, a former club captain, has started the last four games for the Premier League champions in the absence of injured Vincent Kompany and has been in the kind of form that persuaded City to sign him for £14 million from Arsenal back in 2009.
The 31-year old was sidelined due to a drug ban at the start of last season and has had to wait patiently for his chance behind Joleon Lescott thanks to the form of Vincent Kompany and Matija Nastasic.
He told the club's official website: "We have so many players here and it's difficult to play every game, but you need to get ready and any time you have the chance to play give 100%.
"It's very important to keep focused and to keep your concentration high and keep working hard in training. That's the only thing you can do. It's always difficult when you don't play and are not in the team, but the only thing that can keep you going is working hard and believing in yourself - and that is what I have been doing.''
Toure, an Ivory Coast international, is out of contract at the end of the season and there has been speculation that his recent form could earn him a one-year extension. Yet while his future remains uncertain, Toure is just happy to have been able to contribute again.
Toure added: "I feel very good at the moment. I've had the chance recently to play more and I'm really enjoying being able to give my best for my team.
"Everyone around me and all my team- mates have helped me a lot, and that's very important. Every time I have played for City, I just give 100% - for me the main thing is just to work hard.''
Information from the Press Association was used in this report