Man City boss Eriksson: Sun Jihai stays

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The 29-year-old has not featured in the Blues' rise to the top of the Premiership after being given extra time off to recover from the Asia Cup.

However, boss Sven-Goran Eriksson said: "He has not been told he can leave. He is a valuable and very versatile member of our squad."

Jihai added on mcfc.co.uk: "I haven't been told by either the Manager or anyone at the Club that I can leave.

"It's been a good start to the season, but hopefully I'll get the opportunity to show my quality. Of course I am happy to fight for my place."