Kolarov Expects To Stay At City

Kolarov Expects To Stay At City

Manchester City defender Aleksander Kolarov has reiterated his desire to stay at the club after reports have linked him away from the Etihad.

 

The Serbian international was reported to have been a wanted target by European clubs in the summer including Juventus, as he looks to have lost his place to Gael Clichy.

 

The 27-year-old has yet has made one appearance this campaign, a 2-0 victory over Hull City, but Kolarov insists he has no plans to quit Manuel Pellegrini’s new campaign.

 

“There were a lot of talk about Juventus but I never said I wanted to go." He told Sky Sports.

 

"I have two more years of contract at City, so I'm focused on working hard in training and, when I have the chance to play, giving my best.

 

"I am happy at City so now we'll see what happens. I am professional and I will be looking to win something this year."

 

City open their Champions League account against Viktoria Plzen next week hoping to erase the memories of the past two seasons where they failed to climb out of the group stages and Kolarov believes the experience of Manuel Pellegrini will turn them into a different force this season.

 

“That competition is important for us.

 

"Last year was not good but now we've a good group and we can go through.

 

"Pellegrini did very well in the Champions League at Villarreal and Malaga. He has experience and that will be good for us."

 

City’s next focus however is their match against Stoke City this weekend. Alvaro Negredo is set to get the nod over Edin Dzeko after coming on as a second half substitute and scoring the opening goal against Hull.