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No cloud over Barton

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After a week of press stories regarding whether Joey Barton will remain at the Club, Stuart Pearce has again reaffirmed his stance on the whole issue.

Speaking after the pre-season friendly at Rochdale, Pearce said of Barton, a goalscorer in the 3-2 win: “He’s a good player and I don’t think there’s a cloud hanging over him.

“We are hopeful he’ll sign a new contract very shortly and he’ll be at Manchester City for a very long time.”

Asked if the matter has been a distraction to the Manager, he added: “It’s not really been a distraction for me. I think his form suffered a little since January – and he freely admits that – but we hope to get him tied up on a long-term contract.

“We’ve never said any different.”

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Mirror issues apology

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The Daily Mirror have today apologised for claiming inaccurately that Micah Richards had submitted a transfer request.

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New signings settling in

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Stuart Pearce has given his assessment on how City’s new players are acquitting themselves as pre-season training reaches the end of the second week.

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Second time lucky for Bernardo

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City’s latest summer signing, Bernardo Corradi, has given his first interview to mcfc.co.uk and he reveals how he came close to joining the Club last year.