Micah Richards has blasted talk that he is being greedy over a new contract.
The 19-year-old Manchester City defender is set to sign a £50,000-per-week deal when contract talks resume next month.
Richards is believed to have swapped agents recently, which may have been a factor in any delay.
He said: "It is frustrating to hear people talk about my new contract at City and make out that the reason I haven't signed yet is because I am being greedy when they don't know the facts.
"I have still got two-and-a-half years left on my current deal - it is not as though I am in my last year or six months - and things don't happen overnight.
"As for the speculation linking me with a move to join Kevin Keegan at Newcastle, I don't know where that has come from, but there is nothing in it.
"It is easy for people to make out I am something I am not. But football, and doing well on the pitch, is the most important thing to me"