The midfielder struggled to break into Roberto Mancini's first-team plans due to recurring injuries and competition for places, and has one eye on a place at World Cup 2014
The 22-year-old was bought from Everton at the beginning of last season by then-manager Roberto Mancini, but only managed to make 11 league appearances due to injury concerns and competition for places.
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"It’s a little bit like starting again when a new manager arrives and you have to win him over," he told The Daily Star.
"But that’s the same for everyone. The previous manager Roberto Mancini brought me here, and obviously I was a little bit sad to see him go.
"But that’s football. Obviously Manuel Pellegrini is a great manager and I’m happy to see him come in as well so everyone is in that position where they want to win him over and I’m no different.
"I think everyone feels it’s a fresh challenge more than anything. Everyone has come in and is trying to win the manager over which has brought a new lease of life."
Rodwell is yet to feature for Pellegrini in the new season but will hope for his chance when the club play Stoke City after the international break.