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Last Updated: Friday, 5 August 2005, 16:44 GMT 17:44 UK
Man City end Malbranque interest
Fulham's Steed Malbranque
Manchester City have ended their interest in signing Fulham midfielder Steed Malbranque - after having a second bid for him turned down.

City had already failed with a 4m offer for the 25-year-old.

And City spokesperson Rosie Bass confirmed: "The player has indicated that he wishes to stay with Fulham and our interest in him has now ended."

Sky Blues boss Stuart Pearce was keen on Malbranque after losing Shaun Wright-Phillips to Chelsea for 21m.

A statement on Fulham website's said: "A second increased bid from Manchester City for French midfielder Steed Malbranque has been turned down.

"After conversations with manager Chris Coleman, the player had also decided that he would prefer to remain with the club.

"We are delighted with the player's commitment to the new campaign."



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