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Wright-Phillips intends to fight for place

Shaun Wright-Phillips insists he is staying at Manchester City despite the influx of new players at the club.

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Wright-Phillips returned to City from Chelsea in 2008, but his chances of securing regular football appear to have dropped with the likes of Adam Johnson, James Milner, David Silva and Mario Balotelli all having arrived this year.

However, Wright-Phillips remains determined to battle for his place at the club and says Roberto Mancini has no intention of moving him on at this stage.

"I don't believe in quitting," he told the Sun newspaper. "I have always wanted to stay and there's no reason to go.

"The club want me to stay, too, and the challenge for me now is to help City achieve the goals they want to achieve. I don't think about being on the bench - I think about playing my part, even if it does mean coming on to clear one off the line.

"I'm excited about all the players coming in. We learn from each other, there is great banter and great team spirit. We all give something different to the team and there will be times when we are all needed in different parts of the game."

He added: "Compared to two years ago, the quality has risen. Players are a lot better on the ball, playing and moving - you have to keep on your toes.

"Now we have learned to slow the game down when we want and speed it up when we want, rather than just fast, fast, fast. We are picking our passes a lot more and trying new things."


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