Football in brief: Striker Benjani to stay and fight for first-team place at Eastlands

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Out-of-favour striker Benjani insists he has no desire to leave Manchester City, despite being a long way down Mark Hughes's selection list.

The 31-year-old has made just one substitute appearance this season after the City manager signed a plethora of talented forwards this summer. But the striker, signed for £4m in January 2008, is staying put. "I am not going anywhere and I am going to put up a fight to ensure that I get my place back," he said.

Restricted opportunities have led to reports of interests from the likes of Gary Megson at Bolton Wanderers. Portsmouth, the club he left for Eastlands, have also previously voiced an interest in re-signing the Zimbabwe international. Yet he remains unfazed and willing to fight to get back into the first team. "I still have a contract with Manchester City," he said. By Faaez Samadi

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