Kolo Toure admits he is enjoying life again at Manchester City, despite his uncertain future at the Etihad.
The Ivory Coast international is out of contract in the summer and his City career appeared to be nearing an end when he slipped down the pecking order.
But the club's former captain has returned to prominence in recent weeks, making four successive starts in place of the injured Vincent Kompany.
Toure is glad to be finally playing his part for the champions although it remains to be seen whether he will be offered a fresh deal.
"I feel very good at the moment. I've had the chance recently to play more and I'm really enjoying being able to give my best for my team," he said.
"Everyone around me and all my team-mates have helped me a lot, and that's very important.
"Every time I have played for City, I just give 100 per cent - for me the main thing is just to work hard."
Toure originally lost his place as a regular in the last campaign while serving a drugs ban, but the defender insists he never lost faith in his ability after finding himself as fourth choice behind Kompany, Matija Nastasic and Joleon Lescott.
"We have so many players here and it's difficult to play every game, but you need to get ready and any time you have the chance to play give 100 per cent," he said.
"It's very important to keep focused and to keep your concentration high and keep working hard in training. That's the only thing you can do.
"It's always difficult when you don't play and are not in the team, but the only thing that can keep you going is working hard and believing in yourself - and that is what I have been doing."