Talk of a power struggle inside Manchester City is emerging.

The Daily Mail says there has been a calm around Manuel Pellegrini's Manchester City this season after the continual turbulence surrounding Roberto Mancini's regime.

However, there are claims of a power battle developing between the camp of Spanish chief executive Ferran Soriano and those loyal to non-executive director Simon Pearce, the most important link with the club's Abu Dhabi owners.

A City spokesperson strongly denied any split, saying Pearce and Soriano had an excellent working relationship.

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