Stephen Ireland questions Manchester City future after 'difficult year' at Eastlands

06 May 2010 12:01
Down and out: Stephen Ireland has endured a torrid time at Man City under Roberto Mancini[LNB]Stephen Ireland has admitted there is a major question mark over his Manchester City future.[LNB]After earning a PFA young player of the year nomination with some stellar performances last term, Ireland has struggled badly this year.[LNB]Injury, illness and loss of form have combined to see him go backwards in his quest for a regular Blues starting slot and having missed Wednesday night's devastating defeat to Tottenham, has still only appeared 11 times under Roberto Mancini.[LNB]The 23-year-old has never given any indication of a desire to leaveEastlands. But with a major review of playing staff certain to followthe failure to secure a Champions League berth next season, Irelandknows he could be in the firing line.[LNB]'There is a question mark over next year for me,' he said. 'I don'tknow what will happen. I am contracted to City and all I can do iscarry on doing my job and performing well when I am called upon.[LNB]'If anything changes during the summer it will be down to the club, not me.'[LNB]Ireland only signed a new long-term contract last summer, so itseems strange to be talking about his future already. But undoubtedly,this term has not gone as he would have hoped, leaving him deeplyirritated.[LNB]'It has been a difficult year because I care so much about my job,'he said. 'I care about my game and about the club but there is a lot offrustration bottled up because I have not played as much as I wouldhave liked.' [LNB]  Harry Redknapp to auction soaked Spurs suit after Tottenham make Champions League splashMourinho rejects England return but refuses to commit future to Inter MilanVIDEO: Spurs players give Harry ice bath and write off his best suitMartin Samuel: Sorry City, it's a great result and Eastlands fans will approveRedknapp: My big gamble paid off - Spurs boss rewarded with mega winMANCHESTER CITY FC

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