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Sunday October 18, 2009Micah Squashes Exit Talk

By Rhonda Richards | In Micah's Say

Micah has moved to quash speculation suggesting he is preparing an exit from Manchester City, stating that he is delighted to be at the City of Manchester stadium and is relishing the challenge of winning back his place in the team.

Despite a bright start to the campaign, including a goal and assist as Mark Hughes’ men saw off Arsenal 4-2 a month ago, Micah has found himself sidelined in recent weeks.

In stepped Pablo Zabaleta, the Argentina international, and the 24-year old has been in solid form, though a hamstring strain may see Micah step back into the starting XI.

Fabricated reports in several newspapers stated that Hughes and Micah’s relationship had strained of late, going on to add that the 21-year old was already setting his sights on a move away from the club he has been with since the age of 13.

However, the England U21 captain has rubbished the rumours in an exclusive interview with City’s official website,

“For them to suggest that I want to leave City is absolutely ridiculous. I have three and a half years left on my contract and when you look at the way this club is going who in their right mind would want to leave,” he said.

“I am 21-years of age and people seem to forget that I am still learning my trade. I am just enjoying the ride. There is perhaps the impression out there that I am bit older than people think but I know I am not the finished product.

“I look along our bench and imagine it when everyone is fit and it is definitely a Champions League bench.

“There will be seven people sat on it who all think they deserve to be in the starting line up – most of whom will be internationals – and that is great for the club and great for us as individuals because the way you improve is by training with and playing with better players.

“Obviously everyone wants to be playing, that is our profession, but by the same token when people are in the team and doing well the manager can’t just drop them. That would be totally unfair.

“Look at Stephen Ireland and how he played last season and at the start of this one. He hardly puts a foot wrong, gets an injury, the team does well and suddenly he has to sit on the bench too.

“That’s how far we have come as a group in the last few months and everyone has to be treated equally.”

Micah was also full of praise for his rival for the right-back berth, Zabaleta, and believes that the new-found competition for places will only be to the benefit of the side.

“Pablo is a class player and has come into the side and done well,” he added.

“It is all about fighting hard in training and waiting for another chance in the side and when that chance arrives then taking it and holding on to that precious shirt.”