A rejuvenated Yaya Toure has insisted in The Mirror that he does not want to be rested at all for Manchester City this season.
Toure's performances came in for criticism last term as City meekly surrendered their Premier League crown by finishing a distant eight points behind eventual winners Chelsea.
However, Toure has rediscovered his apetite and form this term, and has been a key member of a side that has raced to the top of the Premier League.
The former Barcelona midfielder has dismissed the prospect of a rest ahead of City's visit to Sunderland in the League Cup on Tuesday.
The Ivory Coast international is not ready to take a backseat as manager Manuel Pellegrini preapres to shuffle his pack for the trip to the Stadium of Light.
The Mirror quotes Toure as saying: “I feel like I’m 20 years old because what this club has done for me, the fans, and until the last minute I want to fight for this club.
“They deserve that. We have a lot of targets this year and we will see how we end this season. The League Cup is very important. I’m always there for those games. I don’t want to stop and have a rest. I don’t care about rest.
“For me, until I get a serious injury, Toure is fit and wants to play. I hope I play against Sunderland. Why rest? I look younger and I want to play more. I’m a competitor. In football it’s all about being a competitor.”
City, who have lost their last two matches to Juventus and West Ham United, head to Tottenham Hotspur this weekend.