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Wednesday 24 September 2014

Kolarov happy he stayed with City

Published 01/04/2014 | 15:33

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Aleksandar Kolarov believes he has elevated his game under Manuel Pellegrini

Manchester City defender Aleksandar Kolarov has revealed he did consider leaving the club last summer.

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The Serbia international was linked with a move to Italy after failing to hold down a regular place during the 2012-13 campaign.

But Kolarov felt he still had something to prove at the Etihad Stadium and, after the appointment of manager Manuel Pellegrini, vowed to stay on.

The 28-year-old now feels his decision to resist interest from elsewhere has been justified.

Kolarov told City TV: "Last season I was thinking, because I didn't play a lot, it was maybe a good thing for me to move.

"I had a couple of opportunities but I refused everything because I didn't want to go from here, (having not) shown the people what I can do.

"Now this season I have had this opportunity and shown what I can do.

"For me it is like a victory, personally, for myself.

"If you play regularly you can improve a lot every game."

Kolarov, who has started 28 games and scored four goals this season, must still battle with Gael Clichy for a place at left-back.

But despite that competition, Kolarov feels his game has been allowed to flourish under Pellegrini.

Asked what Pellegrini had done differently for him, Kolarov said: "Nothing special, (he) just gave me the opportunity to play more regularly.

"So I think his way of thinking is maybe the good thing (for) how I am playing football.

"We are playing a lot with wings, attackers. It is good for me.

"He gave me the opportunity to play more regularly, so I am just showing what I can do.

"I think I am having a good season so I hope I can finish in this way."

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