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Hughes receives backing from Manchester City owner

Manchester City owners have quashed speculation that Mark Hughes will be replaced as manager by saying he will stay on at the Premier League club for next season at least.

Hughes finds reason to be cheerful as derby looms

The Manchester City manager, Mark Hughes, insists his team will approach the derby against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday with a spring in their step.

Elano 'would love' to stay with City

Elano has suffered a mixed bag of a season so far but with his star currently in the ascendancy the Brazilian has announced that he is ready to sign a new contract with Manchester City.

Robinho insists he's staying at Manchester City

Manchester City striker Robinho have moved to quash rumours that he will be leaving Eastland's this summer.

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Mark Hughes: Why DNA profiling is not just about convicting the guilty

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Mills backs Hughes to remain at City

Danny Mills is convinced Mark Hughes will still be Manchester City manager in 12 months' time, even if the club fail to win this season's Uefa Cup.

Sturridge demands signal Manchester City exit

Manchester City are becoming increasingly pessimistic about the prospects of persuading one of their most promising Academy graduates, Daniel Sturridge, to sign new contract terms, with his current deal running down and his family seeking more than £60,000 a week wages for him.

Hughes defends handling of Robinho

Mark Hughes insists there is not one rule for Robinho and another for everybody else at Manchester City.

No problem with Hughes insists Robinho

Robinho insists he does not have any problems with Manchester City manager Mark Hughes.

David Ashdown's Sports Picture Diary: The sports portrait

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Hughes calls for strength at Manchester City

Manchester City manager Mark Hughes has told his players to stand up and be counted as he prepares to strengthen in the transfer window.

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