Manchester City defender Kolo Toure is relishing the chance to fight for his place in the team after completing a six-month suspension for failing a drugs test.
Toure, 30, was hit with the ban after taking diet pills which contained the banned substance bendroflumethiazide. But having served his sentence, Toure insists he is as fit as he has ever been and is determined to regain his place in Roberto Mancini's side.
"I feel 24, 25-years-old," Toure told City TV. "I want to show all the people that think Kolo Toure needed tablets, water tablets, to be a better footballer. I just want to show them and that's what I will do.
"I will give 100% in every single game to show those people I don't need water tablets to be a strong man. I've been in this league for almost 10 years now, being unbeatable with Arsenal, doing a lot of good games. I just want to show them."
The former Arsenal defender believes his time away from the game has given him a renewed perspective. "Sometimes when you come every day to training you can't realise how big it is to be a footballer," he said. "I just realised how much we are lucky to be footballers and be able to play for a football team like City."
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