City ace confirms talks over Manchester move

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Stoke City goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen has confirmed he held talks with Manchester City regarding a proposed move to Eastlands.

However, an agreement between the two parties could not be agreed, and Sorensen will instead remain at the Britannia Stadium, where he will vie will Asmir Begovic for a starting berth.

"If a big club is interested, of that size, you can't really look the other way," Sorensen told Sky Sports News.

"There was negotiations there, but they didn't turn out to anything and I move on.

"When you get to my age, you realise that you will have to end at some point, and that makes it all the more important to keep playing - especially when you have got the motivation and the level as well.

"For me it is important to play, as it has been ever since I started. I have got a year contract there (Stoke), so that's the situation at the moment."

City made their move for Sorensen in the hope of bringing him to Manchester as a replacement for Aston Villa bound Shay Given.

However Roberto Mancini instead completed a deal Romania's Costel Pantilimon, who will provide back-up for current No.1 Joe Hart.


The City boss, meanwhile, is still keen to do more business before the end of the transfer window, and revealed after Sunday's loss against Manchester United that he still had targets in mind.

One player, however, that City are not pursuing is United target Wesley Sneijder.

Mancini said: "It is not true. Sneijder is an Inter player. I never speak about him."

Meanwhile, if reports on Wednesday are to be believed, Sneijder is close to securing a move to Old Trafford after United agreed a fee in the region of £33 million for the 27-year-old.

Sneijder has long been on the radar of United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, who has identified the Holland international as an ideal replacement for recently retired Paul Scholes.

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