Aston Villa midfielder Stephen Ireland has missed out on a final pay-out from his Manchester City contract.

The Sunday Mirror says City refused to hand over around £500,000 to the club's former player of the year after ­Ireland broke a ­confidentiality agreement when he became an £8m makeweight in the £24m deal that took James Milner to the Etihad Stadium last summer.

Ireland has now had an appeal against the original decision kicked out.

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