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By ESPN Staff

Elano happy to be able to show off talents

Brazil midfielder Elano insists he has nothing to prove to Manchester City.

Elano has struggled for first-team opportunities at City this season and has mostly been used as a substitute amid strong rumours of a fall-out with manager Mark Hughes.

Elano was fined by City boss Mark Hughes in November for speaking out about his lack of first-team appearances in a specially arranged television interview and was linked with a move away from Eastlands in the winter transfer window.

The 27-year-old shone in Brazil's friendly against Italy on Tuesday, linking well with City team-mate Robinho and scoring a well-worked 13th-minute opener.

"Of course, it gives me a lot of strength, a lot of fight," said Elano. "I am very hungry to show what I am capable of, to show that I can be useful, and I think I proved that.

"But I do not have to prove anything to anyone. I only try to prove it to myself and, because I work hard every day, I know how difficult it is.

"However, that is all I can say. I am a lucky man and in important games I always end up appearing."

Robinho and Elano have only started 13 of City's 29 games since Robinho's debut, recording six wins including a 6-0 victory over Portsmouth and a 5-1 rout of Hull.

However, Elano was cautious in criticising Hughes' decisions again.

"The Manchester City coach also believes in me," he continued. "But he has his way of putting the team on the pitch and I respect that because that's the way it is.

"But I will continue to work hard so I can get into his plans and play, because what can you do? I have to work and do my best.

"Because if I give up and leave everything will be worse for me.

"I never choose to act different. I always try to do my best wherever I play."

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