Pearce doing best to keep Distin
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Stuart Pearce will do everything he can to keep Sylvain Distin at Man City next season.
Stuart Pearce will do everything he can to keep Sylvain Distin at Manchester City next season.
Distin is out of contract in the summer and rejected a move to Middlesbrough during the early weeks of this campaign.
He scored in last week's 2-0 win at Boro and Pearce feels the Frenchman's reaction to the goal proved his commitment to the club.
Pearce is aware there will be further interest in the centre-half come the summer, but he remains optimistic of extending Distin's time at City.
"I passionately hope that he will be here longer than the summer," Pearce told the club's official website.
"Only time will tell, but we will do everything we can to keep him here.
"People only have to look at his reaction to scoring a goal both at Aston Villa earlier in the season and at Middlesbrough last Saturday to know he is a player fully committed to this club.
"I have always known that even if his contract negotiations go right to the wire that he would be fully committed because that is the type of man he is.
"There is no doubt we will face a lot of competition to keep him because Sylvain is a good player.
"We will have to endeavour to do the best we can to persuade him to stay."