Ireland: I want to be Man City's Giggs, Scholes

Stephen Ireland has declared he wants to stay at Manchester City for life.

Stephen Ireland has declared he wants to stay at Manchester City for life.

The midfielder has been linked with Arsenal and derby rivals Manchester United, but told the Manchester Evening News: "I would like to achieve at City what Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs have done at United. They have been fantastic servants to the club and won cupboards full of medals.

"I would love to think that at 33 or 34 years of age I would still be playing for City in midfield, still loving the game, enjoying a bond with the fans and winning things.

"Those two United players are legends at Old Trafford and that is a path I want to follow and what I want to be at Eastlands, in fact one of my aims is to play so well for so long here I have a stand named after me!

"I want to stay at City as long as possible and knock United off their pedestal achieving things with these players, these fans and Mark Hughes who gets a bad time in the Press sometimes which is undeserved. I want to win games for him, too, and do his methods justice."