Aleksandar Kolarov insists he is happy with life at Manchester City, and denies he was keen to make a move to Juventus during the summer transfer window.
The Italian giants raided the Etihad Stadium club for the services of Carlos Tevez ahead of the current season, and there were widespread reports they were also keen on Kolarov. And having lost his place in the City line-up to former Arsenal ace Gael Clichy, it was believed that the Serbian international was interested in making the move to Turin.
However, the Bianconeri, who are chasing a third successive Serie A title and also have designs on the UEFA Champions League, failed to lodge a bid for the former Lazio fullback. Kolarov has now distanced himself from suggestions he wanted to make the move to Antonio Conte’s side, and insists he is instead eager to win a regular start for City.
“There were a lot of talk about Juventus but I never said I wanted to go,” the 27-year-old told The Sun. “I have two more years of contract at City, so I’m focused on working hard in training and, when I have the chance to play, giving my best. I am happy at City so now we’ll see what happens. I am professional and I will be looking to win something this year.”
Having sat out the first two games of the season, Kolarov was handed a start and helped the Blues keep a clean sheet in their 2-0 win over Hull City before the international break, whilst Clichy sat on the bench. The 27-year-old will hope his performance impressed coach Manuel Pellegrini, ahead of the trip to Stoke City on Saturday afternoon.