City boss retains Distin hope
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Stuart Pearce insists he will fight tooth and nail to ensure Sylvain Distin signs a new deal.
Stuart Pearce insists he will fight tooth and nail to ensure that Sylvain Distin signs a new contract at Manchester City.
The 27-year-old has thus far rebuffed City's offers of a fresh deal and, as things stand, will become a free agent next summer.
With the January transfer window looming there is sure to be renewed speculation about the stopper who attracted strong interest from both Middlesbrough and Portsmouth in pre-season.
Distin will be permitted to talk to interested suitors in January, but Pearce remains hopeful he will be able to persuade the Frenchman to sign on at Eastlands.
The lucrative four-year deal City have already offered the defender remains on the table and Pearce believes that an improvement in his side's form could be enough to convince Distin to extend his association with the club.
"I want him to stay at the football club," the City boss told the Manchester Evening News. "He is a good man, a good player. He plays all the games and is professional, and is fantastic to have around the place.
"It is just us agreeing those financial terms with him. At the moment we have got a bit of a sticking point, but we have had that for a number of months.
"Hopefully, the main thing that will tilt it in our favour is that he enjoys his football here.
"Sylvain is a pleasant man who has sets of principles that he works to. That is fine, and I hope that his performances can inspire the team's performances and make him say to himself: `Hang on a minute, as it goes I enjoy living in Manchester, I enjoy this football club and I enjoy working for Stuart Pearce'.
"That is what I have got to make sure we achieve over the next few months. Hopefully, he will look at the environment here and conclude that we are improving."