John Wardle is staying with Manchester City, despite talk of investment in Preston North End.

Wardle remains City vice-chairman after selling the club to Thaksin Shinawatra and a close friend told the Manchester Evening News: "John is City through and through.

"He just couldn't imagine missing out on watching the Blues especially how brilliantly things are going this season.

"Approaches were made through intermediaries but he's declared he's happy with City."