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Bony vows to live up to £25m price tag

Mark Ogden

Published 16/05/2015 | 02:30

Manchester City's Wilfried Bony battles for the ball with Tottenham Hotspur's Paulinho (right) and Erik Lamela (left) during the Barclays Premier League match at White Hart Lane, London earlier this month (Adam Davy/PA Wire)
Manchester City's Wilfried Bony battles for the ball with Tottenham Hotspur's Paulinho (right) and Erik Lamela (left) during the Barclays Premier League match at White Hart Lane, London earlier this month (Adam Davy/PA Wire)

Wilfried Bony admits he will return to Swansea with Manchester City tomorrow having failed to justify his £25m move to the Etihad in January.

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The Ivory Coast forward, who topped the Premier League scoring charts with 20 goals in 38 games during the calendar year of 2014, has scored just once for City since being signed by Manuel Pellegrini.

A delayed start to his City career caused by Africa Cup of Nations commitments, followed by injury problems, have restricted Bony to just two starts and eight substitute appearances for City.

But, despite his inability to take his Swansea form to Manchester, the 26-year-old insists he has no regrets over his move.

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"It's been a difficult time here at City, but this is football," Bony said. "I can't choose the international programme. I can't choose the time to be injured.

"Of course I would like to have been here more, to be fit and to be scoring. But that is something you can't control. All I can do now is work, try and help my team.

"I like it here. This club is always fighting, the pressure is everywhere but I am not afraid about that."

Despite Bony's struggle for form, Pellegrini is ready to hand him the chance to partner Sergio Aguero next season.

And Bony is confident it is a partnership that can blossom.

"Sergio is one of the best," he said. "You can see when we play together that there is something there.

"I couldn't say I'm quicker than him, but he's not stronger than me. We can work together and complement each other. Together I think we can be quite scary. I just need to prepare myself for next season when you will see the real Bony at City."

Meanwhile, Pellegrini has confirmed that Frank Lampard is likely to miss the club's post-season tour to North America to prepare for his move to New York City FC. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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