Stephen Ireland is willing to stay and fight for his place at Man City, despite reported interest from the likes of Tottenham, Fulham and Sunderland.
“I am very ambitious but accept things are out of my hands. I have a contract so all I can do is keep performing, presenting myself well in training,” said Ireland.
“If I have to move on, then so be it, but I am happy to stay and keep working.
“Of course, if I haven’t played much by Christmas then any player would want to know what is happening. I only know what I read in the papers. I haven’t heard one bit of solid interest.
“I have heard Fulham, Spurs and Sunderland mentioned but I have not been told anything. I’d hope the club would contact me if there was some interest, but I am not looking at that.
“I want to push for a place in the starting XI. It might take me a while to prove that to him but I will do everything in my power to work hard and prove to him I can play,” he added.
“I have been training hard in America on the pre-season tour and I need to build on that.
“I found that very difficult last season, being in and out of the side. But looking back at it the gaffer came in and had a few months to try to get us into fourth position and, unluckily, we just didn’t quite get there.
“But now he has more time he can maybe re-evaluate me and, hopefully, rate me and give me a chance. If he does then I need to take it.
“I think he definitely rates me and he has put me in my position that sets me free in certain areas. We have a big squad of players with great depth so you have to try your best in every game and every day to impress and show your quality in training. Hopefully, I can play a part in what is happening here.” (FourFourTwo)
Stephen Ireland is a fantastic player with the talent to excel at any top-flight club. After being crowned Manchester City’s player of 2008/2009, he failed to hold down a first-team place last season and it was thought that he might seek a move elsewhere.
He seems as though he is willing to stay and fight for his place in a rather large Man City squad, but if he was made available for transfer, there is no doubt that a flurry of clubs would be interested in taking him off their hands.