Distin happy at City
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Newcastle target Sylvain Distin insists he is happy to stay at Manchester City.Sylvain Distin insists he is happy to stay at Manchester City but has not ruled out a move to Newcastle United.
The Magpies have already had a £5 million offer for the Frenchman rejected by City, who are keen to hang on to their captain.
Newcastle boss Graeme Souness is weighing up an improved bid for the centre half, who spent the 2001/02 campaign on loan at St James' Park.
Distin is under contract at The City of Manchester Stadium until 2008 and is not trying to engineer his exit from the club.
But he concedes that he would feel obliged to speak to Newcastle, if City were to accept a suitable bid from their Premiership rivals.
"I am happy to be here and I want to stay but who knows what will happen in the future," Distin told the club's official website.
"I have not spoken to Newcastle but if City accepted a bid then I would have to.
"But I am in a good situation and a happy situation at this club and I want that to carry on."
City's financial worries mean Distin is one of their more saleable assets, although the expected departure of Nicolas Anelka could ensure manager Kevin Keegan does not have to sacrifice his skipper to balance the books.
Keegan's Magpies counterpart Souness is anxious to tighten up his leaky defence and wants to partner Distin with his compatriot, and new signing, Jean-Alain Boumsong at the heart of the back-line.