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Man City boss Hughes insists Ireland will stay

Manchester City boss Mark Hughes is adamant Stephen Ireland will not leave this summer.

Ireland has seen new contract negotiations stall and he is being linked with Manchester United and Arsenal.

Talks are ongoing and Hughes has hinted officials are willing to meet the player's demands of around £70,000 a week.

Hughes, whose side host Bolton tomorrow, said: "The decision- making is getting positive.

"We want to get it done and dusted and give Stephen the assurance going into the new season that everything is sorted.

"We've recognised the progress he has made this season and would like to reward him for that."

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