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Tue 8 Sep 2009 11:28 PM

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Man City embroiled in transfer row

Abu Dhabi-owned Premiership club denies unlawfully signing 17-year old from French club Rennes.

Manchester City is the latest Premiership club to be caught up in a growing row about top clubs illegally signing young players.Last week Chelsea was banned by world governing body Fifa from making any new player signings until 2011, after being found guilty of inducing then 16-year player, Gael Kakuta, to breach his contract with French club Lens back in 2007.

Manchester City in the meantime has denied unlawfully signing last February 17-year old Jeremy Helan from French club Rennes.

Rennes claims the player was bound through a pre-contract agreement and has reported the matter to Fifa.

In a statement the Eastlands club said: ''Manchester City is aware of the ongoing contractual dispute in the French Labour Courts between Jeremy Helan and Stade Rennais. The dispute between the player and the Club pre-dates any interest from Manchester City.

''Manchester City obviously cannot comment on the case until the French Judicial Process has run its course, however we are comfortable that we have acted within the rules throughout the process and in no way induced any breach of contract by Jeremy Helan.''

In addition to the Kakuta and Helan cases, French club Le Havre has filed a complaint about Manchester United’s behaviour, claiming the Old Trafford club offered financial inducements to the family of 16-year Paul Pogba to lure the teenager to Old Trafford. United say they will take legal action against Le Havre unless they stop making the allegations.

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