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Last Updated: Tuesday, 10 August, 2004, 12:09 GMT 13:09 UK
Barton happy at Man City
Joey Barton
Manchester City's Joey Barton says he has no plans to leave the club despite being in the final year of his deal.

The England Under-21 midfielder's situation has aroused the interest of a number of Premiership clubs.

But he told the club website: "I've had talks with the club about a new contract. I haven't put pen to paper but hopefully something will get done.

"As long as City want me, I'd like to stay. As long as I'm fit and am getting selected there won't be a problem."

The 21-year-old added: "I don't ever want to leave this club. I've always been made welcome here.

The fans have been fantastic with me and this is where I got my big chance.

"It's nice to see in football now that people want to repay that faith. The only way I'd leave here is if Manchester City wanted to sell me."

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