Stephen Ireland demands Manchester City transfer
Ireland, 23, has informed City manager Roberto Mancini and City's football administrator Brian Marwood that he wishes to leave the club after losing his first-team spot during the 2009-10 campaign. The former Republic of Ireland international is just 12 months into a five-year contract at City, but the Cork-born midfielder failed to repeat his impressive form of last season and both Mark Hughes and his successor, Mancini, left Ireland out of their team on numerous occasions this term. Related ArticlesGerrard backs Adam Johnson to make final cut'Mancini will not replace Mourinho'Gareth Barry faces England fitness testVilla to hold emergency Milner talksManchester City consider upping Milner bidSport on televisionWhile Mancini is keen to retain Ireland, the Italian has assured the player that he will respect his desire to leave Eastlands should the club receive a suitable offer for the £10 million-rated player. A part-exchange deal involving James Milner could emerge should Aston Villa reject any advance on City's £20 million offer for the England midfielder.
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