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City frustrated with speculation over Hughes

May 17, 2009

Mark Hughes has been told he will be in charge of Manchester City next season and is now hoping for an end to speculation surrounding his future.

Hughes held talks with chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak on Friday evening, on the eve of the Premier League defeat at Tottenham that ended City's hopes of qualifying for Europe next season.

According to Hughes, Al Mubarak was as "frustrated and bemused'' as he was about suggestions there would be a change of management at Eastlands over the summer.

Hughes said: "We're very clear with where we want to go with the club and what direction we are taking on and off the field.

"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 feels his job has been made harder as a result of the speculation.

"There has been too much speculation about players and my future,'' he said. "It has made my job more difficult than it already is.

"There will be issues and expectations next year but I would like to think speculation about my future will be at a lesser level because it has been unhelpful.

"When the new owners came in they said they were looking at a long-term plan, they weren't here to be here for a couple of years. It was always a five or 10-year plan and about building the club. That is what the intention still is.''

City, bankrolled by their Abu Dhabi-based owners, are set to buy key players in the summer transfer window and Hughes feels a lack of European football will not be a problem.

"I don't actually think that is the case, people understand what we can offer and in the future it is going to be a very exciting place,'' he said.

"The attraction of the Premier League is huge for players in this day and age and playing in the strongest league in the world could be a bigger attraction than playing in the Europa League for some players.''