City won't give up on Distin

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Stuart Pearce's gut feeling is that Sylvain Distin will sign a new deal at Manchester City despite reports linking him with an exit from Eastlands.

The French defender's current contract expires in the summer and City have so far failed to persuade him to commit his future to the North West club despite talks dragging on for 18 months.

A number of Premiership rivals are believed to be keen on taking advantage of the contract impasse and luring Distin away from Eastlands, but the former Paris Saint Germain stopper hinted earlier in the week that he could yet stay with City.

Distin turned down a move to Middlesbrough in August and Pearce says he still has faith that his star defender will shun any other suitors and sign a new deal before the season is out.

"From day one when we spoke to Sylvain about staying at the club, one thing I do know is that he is very happy at the club," said Pearce on Sky Sports News.

"We want him to stay, we have made him a fantastic offer.

"We are still talking with his agents and his agents are still staying 'My goodness what a great offer this football club have made'. So we are hopeful he will stay.

"I honestly feel as though he will, however long it takes for me to convince him to stay at this football club.

"I've got all the time in the world to be fair, well at least until the summer anyway."