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Benjani Relishing Fight For Place At Man City

ZIMBABWE striker Benjani Mwaruwari insists he is happy to fight for his place among Manchester City’s growing band of superstars. Benjani (30), is back in the City team after a long spell on the sidelines while he recovered from injury and scored his third goal of the season against Fulham last weekend.

But he could find his place under threat if City launch their expected spending spree during January’s transfer window. The Premier League club have been linked with several forwards including Blackburn’s Roque Santa Cruz and Valencia’s David Villa.

The Zimbabwean national side captain already has to compete with Brazilian stars Robinho and Jo, as well as promising youngstars Daniel Sturridge and Ched Evans, for a spot in Mark Hughes’ foward line, but he has no worries about having to fight off any new arrivals.

“I am really happy the boss is showing such faith in me,” Benjani told the Manchester Evening News. “Being selected regularly means a lot to me and I will keep working hard to make sure that doesn’t change.
“We all know that there will be new players coming into the club in January and I am absolutely looking forward to it.

“If you play amongst the best then it rubs off and people don’t realise your faults and if you play and train with good quality players then you end up improving yourself.

“Bringing in new top-quality players will add to the challenge and give the manager options. It will be good for everyone — the players, the coaches and the supporters. I welcome it and I am very happy here.”— Sapa/AFP.

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