Ambition could convince Distin
By Tom Adams. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Sylvain Distin has hinted that he could be prepared to stay at Manchester City if the club can prove they are ambitious.
The French defender's contract expires at the end of the season and he has so far refused to pen a new deal with Stuart Pearce's side.
City have struggled throughout the season and the manager has called on the Eastlands board to make more funds available for transfers.
Now Distin has admitted he could well extend his stay at City if the club can convince him they are planning for bigger and better things.
"I am 29 and I have ambitions," said Distin. "I don't want to be fighting against relegation every season.
"I want to enjoy my football and I need the club to invest in players and try to push forward.
"I have had the opportunity to move away every season. If money was my top priority I would have been at another club by now.
"It is not about how much you spend on players - Newcastle have spent a lot of money on players and they don't succeed any more than us.
"It is about the quality of the players and how long the players stay at the club. That is important.
"In five years here I have seen a lot of good players coming and going. Maybe that also means something.
"I could speak to the manager about players but what is he going to say? We are going to get Ronaldinho?
"Actions speak louder than words. We shall just see what is going to happen."
Distin has also sought to underline his commitment to the club despite the ongoing uncertainty regarding his future.
"I have a strong feeling for Manchester City. Apart from Richard Dunne and Nicky Weaver, no-one currently here has played the same amount of games as I have," Distin added.
"There has been no argument. We have just had a chat and didn't agree, so I didn't sign.
"It doesn't mean I don't want to sign, just that I took the decision to wait and see."