Manchester City have offered Martin Petrov a new contract.

The Guardian says City have offered Petrov a new contract and are encouraged by the way the negotiations have gone with the Bulgaria international.

The deadline-day signing of Adam Johnson and Craig Bellamy's impressive form have increased the competition on the left side of attack but Robinho has made it clear he does not want to return to Manchester after his six-month loan spell with Santos and the manager, Roberto Mancini, is keen to keep the 31-year-old Petrov, who is out of contract at the end of the season and eligible to speak to potential buyers.