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Sunday November 29, 2009Mark Hughes Squashes Speculation

By William Wood | In General

Manchester City manager Mark Hughes has moved to quash speculation that Micah will be leaving the club, believing the defender will go on to establish himself as an “outstanding” talent.

The 21-year old has found himself competing for a place in the starting eleven with the likes of Pablo Zabaleta and Nedum Onuoha competing for the right-back berth.

As such, a host of clubs have been linked with a move for Micah including Premier League leaders Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur, but Hughes is adamant that he will be keeping hold of a player who has already made 11 senior appearances for England.

Speaking in his pre-match conference ahead of City’s clash with Hull City, Hughes said:

“Micah’s not going anywhere in January or at any time. He’s a big part of what we’re trying to do here.
He’s still a very young man, and his football experience is great for someone of so few years.”

“People sometimes don’t give him enough credit for what he’s achieved up to this point in his career.
But he knows he’s nowhere near the finished article. There’s a huge amount of potential still to be tapped in to.”

“It’s down to me and it’s down to my coaches to bring that out of him.”

Hughes also alluded to the fact that Micah is yet to settle in one position having turned out for City across the defence and in midfield.

“His physical attributes lend themselves to so many positions on the field of play. We have to make sure that he’s training and playing correctly and learning every day,” he continued.
Without a shadow of a doubt, he’ll grow and develop as an outstanding player.”

Although Micah’s form dipped last season, Hughes believes that the player is merely suffering by the increased attention that his meteoric rise within the game brought.

“He had a real burst of attention, certainly when he broke into the team,” Hughes added.
With a young player, there will always then be a period when that plateaus out.
You have to regroup and get used to people maybe taking a more critical view of you.”

“Maybe in recent times, Micah’s found it difficult to adjust. When he first broke into the team, he was always given plaudits. Now people are looking more critically at him. “That’s part of the development of a young player. You have to adjust to that and grow as a consequence.”