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Wright-Phillips resigned to City exit

February 17, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Manchester City winger Shaun Wright-Phillips has resigned himself to leaving the club this summer.

Shaun Wright-Phillips
GettyImagesShaun Wright-Phillips is a marginal figure under Roberto Mancini

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Wright-Phillips has struggled to pin down a regular starting place since the emergence of Adam Johnson. But he was retained by boss Roberto Mancini in January to provide cover after Johnson got injured, with a move to Bolton mooted.

Now Wright-Phillips, who made a rare start in Tuesday's Europa League stalemate against Aris Salonika, has vowed to give his all for the next three months before moving on.

"To be quite honest, I'm here for three months and my heart is set on playing well until the end of the season," Wright-Phillips told the Daily Mirror. "Until the season is over, there's nothing much I can really say on the matter. I'm playing for City and that's the main thing.

"I don't do too much talking, I let my feet do that for me and that's what I plan on doing. I never think short-term or long-term.

"I don't feel I can do a job for the club, I know I can do a job for the club. And there's a big difference between feeling and knowing. I know what I'm capable of, so it's just a question of whether the club want me or not.

"I'm never encouraged by another player's misfortune. Adam is a good friend, so I'm disheartened he's injured - for club and country - I'm just concentrating on playing well myself and working hard in training, as I've done before. That's the main thing.

"There should be opportunities to play, because we're involved in two cup competitions and going well in the league."