Manchester City forward Edin Dzeko has stressed he wants to stay at the club despite the frustrations of life on the bench.
The Bosnia international scored a late winner in City's last Premier League game at Fulham but could well be out the team once again after the international break.
Although there is stiff competition for places with Sergio Aguero, Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli at the club, Dzeko insists he is a fighter.
"Every time I see a paper, for what seems like a year or more there is a story saying that I am leaving City, or that I want to go," the 26-year-old told The Sun.
"But I've never said that so the stories don't come from me. I've always wanted to stay at City and fight for my place.
"My motto has always been 'Never give up'.
"I hope the City fans who have always been fantastic towards me have seen I can score important goals for the team and that's what I want to carry on doing."
He added: "There is myself and three fantastic strikers so obviously we can't all play at the same time.
"So sometimes it can be difficult to find your rhythm. You could play one game and then be on the bench for the next three.
"I think confidence is the key to playing at your best, of course. Plus the more games you play, the more goals you are likely to score.
"But, as I say, with many good strikers at the club that's how it's going to be.
"As a player you accept that and just try your best each time you play. That's what I do and will continue to do."