Football: Lee and Clark insist Kinkladze will stay at City

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Francis Lee, the Manchester City chairman, is trying to dampen speculation about the departure of Georgi Kinkladze by insisting that the Georgian international is staying at Maine Road.

"Our highest price this season is going to be getting into the Premiership and to do that without a star player of Kinkladze's quality would make it difficult," Lee said. "I have played with and alongside the best players in the world and Kinkladze is in that category."

Frank Clark, the City manager, backed Lee by saying: "We've had no inquiries from anybody... We are not looking to sell Kinkladze."

The Tottenham striker, Steffen Iversen, looks set to escape disciplinary action over a gesture he made towards a referee last week.

The Norwegian was captured on camera aiming a derisive hand signal at the back of Steve Lodge after he was booked for his part in a brawl that interrupted Spurs' 2-1 defeat at West Ham. However, Lodge has viewed film of the incident and has decided against asking the Football Association to take action against Iversen.

Eric Cantona will not receive any money in his royalties dispute with Manchester United, the club insisted yesterday. The Frenchman has reportedly claimed he is owed a pounds 750,000 share from the sale of souvenir items bearing his name.

However, United claim he was paid off in full when he left the club at the end of last season. Maurice Watkins, a United director, said: "The club does not consider itself to have any liabilities to Eric at all."

Brighton and Hove Albion are still pushing their plan to play the rest of this season's home games at Millwall instead of Gillingham. Yesterday the League was meeting the two clubs, police and council officials to discuss the consequences of Brighton playing at the New Den for up to three years.

"We have received initial encouragement from the League in terms of making a formal application for the Millwall ground share," Dick Knight, Brighton's chairman-elect, said. "The League are fully aware that it is the overwhelming choice of all Brighton fans."

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