Wright-Phillips uninterested in City or Everton

August 27, 2008

Shaun Wright Phillips will not be returning to Manchester City, according to his agent.

The 26-year-old has been linked with a £9million return to Eastlands after reports suggested that he would barely figure in Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari's plans this season.

Everton have also been linked with the England international but agent Wayne Lindsay says Wright Phillips has no desire to join either club,

'He (Wright Phillips) doesn't want to join either of them and we are now discussing the next move to see what we do,' Lindsay told Sky.

'Because of all the problems there (City) and the uncertainty surrounding the place he is unsure.

'He is speaking with the manager (Scolari) at the moment but he is settled in London. He would like to stay and that's the bottom line but it is up to the manager.

'We are looking at all the options really at this moment in time so I can't really say much more.'

Hughes has confirmed he wants Wright-Phillips and is 'very hopeful' of landing the Chelsea winger.

Speaking ahead of tomorrow night's UEFA Cup second qualifying round second leg against FC Midtjylland in Herning, Hughes said: 'I haven't had the opportunity to take any calls since we landed (in Denmark) so I'm sure there will be an update waiting for me.

'But until I get that I can't give any more news. We're obviously keen to bring him to the club if we can. If the opportunity presents itself we'll try to pursue it but we're not further down the road as yet.

'The situation before we flew was the same. It may have moved forward or it may have gone backwards but until I put the call in, I won't know.

'But it's a possibility. We're very hopeful.'

The City manager added: 'If it doesn't happen, it won't be for want of trying.'

Hughes has also been linked with a move for West Ham striker Craig Bellamy, who played under him for Wales and Blackburn.

But after the Hammers' statement yesterday insisting Bellamy was not for sale, Hughes admits that avenue now appears closed.

'He's a player that I know, obviously, I worked with him at Blackburn and Wales so I know what he could offer us,' said the City manager.

'But I think West Ham came out yesterday quite strongly in their response to any interest that anybody has shown. So I think it would be more difficult to make that one happen.'