Hughes: Our conduct has been correct

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Manchester City boss Mark Hughes is confident that his club will be cleared over the signing of teenager Jeremy Helan from French club Rennes.

City have been reported to world governing body FIFA over the transfer, which Rennes feel contravenes their laws. As Chelsea have been banned from signing players for two transfer windows after their signing of teenager Gael Kakuta , there has been speculation City could suffer the same punishment.

However, the Eastlands outfit are adamant they have done nothing to warrant any punishment, and Hughes said: "We are quite comfortable with how we have conducted ourselves in this case."

He added: "We have taken legal advice in regard to the situation and obviously there is an ongoing legal issue with his previous club. But the legal advice leaves us quite happy with how we have acted.

"I am sure when we eventually get a conclusion people will see our conduct has been absolutely correct."

A series of cases have arisen over the past fortnight that FIFA president Sepp Blatter has been unhappy about.

There is a growing feeling in Zurich that something must be done to stop the transfer of young players.

Hughes accepts the whole situation needs clarification.

"If people decide things are not quite right a review needs to be done as soon as possible," said Hughes. "There is a danger in leaving things as they are but there is also a danger in changing it."

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