Manchester City chairman Thaksin Shinawatra has dropped a clanger by declaring popular German midfielder Didi Hamann is "too old".

Thaksin's comments are something that has not gone down well in a dressing room where the World Cup and Champions League winner is a hugely respected figure, says the Daily Mail.

Thaksin said: "Hamann is getting old. We're looking at a new midfielder, who we think will play very well with Elano. We're going to play in a classic style."