Stoke shot-stopper Asmir Begovic has vowed to fight for the club's goalkeeping jersey next season.
Begovic has filled in for the injured Thomas Sorensen for the past four outings after manager Tony Pulis saw his No.1 dislocate an elbow at Chelsea.
But Begovic - who arrived at City from Portsmouth in January - wants to retain his place in the starting line-up when his side reconvene for the new campaign.
Stoke signed off the season with a 4-0 loss at title-chasing Manchester United on Sunday to finish 11th in the Premier League table.
The 22-year-old is already looking to future, though, and revealed his desire to keep his Danish counterpart on the bench.
Begovic told the Stoke Sentinel: "We both want to play, so we will see what happens over during the summer off-season and what the situation is when we come back for pre-season.
"My intention, like every player's, is to play. There is no secret there. But these are things other people will decide. I want to play but, if not, I will battle for the spot."
Begovic has endured a tough time since his move to the Britannia Stadium having made his debut for the club during their 7-0 hammering at Stamford Bridge.
City were already trailing by two when the Bosnia international came off the bench to replace Sorensen, but the further five won't have made his first game any easier.
An additional four were leaked against United at Old Trafford, and despite picking up clean sheets against Fulham and Everton, Begovic conceded making his Stoke bow in such circumstances proved difficult.
He added: "It was very difficult at Chelsea. Sometimes during the week you get chance to at least do some work with the team and prepare yourself mentally.
"Even when you are on the bench, you try to do that, but when you are thrown in without having a warm-up, and it is all 300mph, you have to get your head switched on right away.
"It was an off-day for everyone and those results are hard to take. But they can happen, as we have seen with Wigan at Chelsea. Against big teams you have to be so solid as silly mistakes will get punished."