Hughes confident over City future
Manchester City boss Mark Hughes insists he has been given assurances by chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak that he will be in charge of the club next season. Al Mubarak held talks with Hughes the night before City's Barclays Premier League defeat to Tottenham, with Robbie Keane grabbing a late winner at White Hart Lane. "I talked at length with him," Hughes said. "The situation is as it always has been - we're very clear with where we want to go with the club and what direction we are taking on and off the field." He added: "We are in tune with what we want to do but we are totally frustrated and bemused by the speculation. "It's come to a point where everyone has to understand that Mark Hughes will be the manager here next year. That has been made very clear to me." Hughes' men were in the hunt for a European place until their defeat at Spurs, and the City boss feels speculation about his future has not helped this season. "There has been too much speculation about players and my future," he said. "It has made my job more difficult than it already is. I would like to think speculation about my future will be at a lesser level because it has been unhelpful."
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