Roberto Mancini's side have surrendered their Premier League crown to Manchester United and failed to make it out of the group stages of the Champions League but the right-back, voted into the PFA Team of the Year, reckons that a win against Roberto Martinez's Latics can help to make up for it.
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"We know how important it is for the club to win the FA Cup and for the fans. That competition is massive in England.
"It's important to keep winning trophies. It's important to keep going, try to do that and win the last four games in the Premier League.
"We still have a lot of things to play for. We have the FA Cup final and we can't relax now for the Premier League either. We need to try and finish second and be assured for the Champions League next year, also because we need to keep the momentum, keep focused and concentrate on the FA Cup final."
The 28-year-old is aware that players will inevitably come and go in the summer but is sure that his future lies at the Etihad Stadium.
"It's normal when you are at a top team and a club that is looking to sign world-class players, you have to work more to keep your place in the team," he continued. "I'm working for this.
"I'm very happy with my job this season and I'm very positive to stay here."