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Manchester City defender Aleksander Koralov has shrugged off reports that he was set to move away from the club over the summer by committing himself to the cause at the Eithad, Sky Sports reports.
The 27-year-old was linked with a move away from the club several times during the transfer window, with Serie A champions Juventus credited with an interest in bringing the Serbian international to Italy.
However, Koralov has sought to draw a line under the rumours of his impending exit by insisting that he is ready to stay and fight for his place under new boss Manuel Pellegrini.
“There were a lot of talk about Juventus but I never said I wanted to go,” he said.
“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 will kick off their Champions League campaign against Czech side Viktoria Plzen next week and Koralov has admitted that the side are looking to make a greater impact in Europe this time around, having failed to make it past the group stages last season.
“That competition is important for us,” added Kolarov. “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.”