Manchester City centre-half Sylvain Distin is set to see out the remaining 12 months of his Citizens contract after failing to agree terms on a move to Middlesbrough.
The 28-year-old Frenchman looked set to move on after the two clubs settled a £4million fee, but Distin has been unable to agree terms with the Teessiders and is poised to stay put for the time being.
City boss Stuart Pearce said: "So far Sylvain has not been able to agree personal terms with Middlesbrough.
"If the situation is still the same on Thursday evening, he won't be leaving because I will physically not have enough time to bring someone else in.
"I have spoken to him about the situation and I believe he wants to stay with us.
"You can see by his form and sheer determination, that any talks he has had with anyone else have not affected his desire to play for Manchester City."
Distin joined City in the summer of 2002 for £4million from Paris St Germain, having impressed while on loan at Newcastle United during the 2001-02 campaign.