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Last Updated: Thursday, 20 July 2006, 16:30 GMT 17:30 UK
Dunne named new Man City captain
Richard Dunne
Dunne joined City for 3m in 2000
Richard Dunne has replaced Sylvain Distin as Manchester City's captain for next season.

City boss Stuart Pearce insists the decision is not a reaction to Distin's refusal to sign a new deal going into the final year of his current contract.

Pearce said: "Richard's got a maturity now and there's a feeling in my bones giving him extra responsibility will take him on to another level.

"It is not a snub to Sylvain. This will allow him to concentrate on playing."

Dunne, 26, was a 3m signing from Everton in 2000.

The Republic of Ireland international has played 288 games for City, scoring five goals.

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