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Edin vows to fight for City place

STRIKER Edin Dzeko insists he has no interest in leaving Manchester City.

The 26-year-old, who joined from Wolfsburg last January, is once again being linked with a move away from the club, despite an impressive start to the season, with City seemingly scouting around for striking reinforcements.

"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," Dzeko said. "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'."

Owen retains England aim

Michael Owen has insisted he would "never" give up hope of an England recall.

Owen's Three Lions career looks to be all but over, with the striker having not played for his country for four-and-a-half years. But the man who is England's fifth top scorer with 40 goals from 89 caps had no intention of announcing his international retirement.

"I'd never do that, really," said the Stoke striker, who has not started a first-team match for almost a year. But I certainly don't go to bed thinking I'm going to be playing for England again. It would mean that I would need to get back on the pitch and rediscover my deadly goalscoring touch and everything else."

Hammers bid

West Ham have reaffirmed their commitment to making the Olympic Stadium their new home despite the drawn-out bidding process.

The applications to take over the Olympic Stadium had to be restarted last year after legal challenges from Tottenham and Leyton Orient to West Ham's proposed tenancy.

Fabrice Muamba is hoping he could be offered a job with FIFA when he meets president Sepp Blatter next week. The 24-year-old former Bolton midfielder was forced to retire from football after suffering a cardiac arrest during a match at Tottenham, and a job with FIFA could be on the cards. He said: "I've been told he's (Blatter) invited me to Zurich. I don't know (what), I have to go and see what happens."