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Hughes confirms Delph interest

CITY manager Mark Hughes has confirmed the club's interest in Leeds teenager Fabian Delph.

The 19-year-old midfielder has attracted interest from Premier League clubs for some time and was pulled out of Leeds' friendly with Burnley on Saturday, with speculation growing that he will become the latest player to move to Eastlands.

"We have an interest in the situation," said Hughes, following City's 1-1 friendly draw with Barnsley at Oakwell.

"He is a young player who has been brought to our attention. I'm not sure where we are up to with that because obviously I have been busy with the game today."

I can't confess to knowing anything about Delph as a player, given that I've never seen him play. A couple of colleagues are Leeds fans though and do rate him as something special. How much League 1 can be used as a benchmark though is open to debate.

Still, he is a fixture in the England under-21 side and Stuart Pearce has spoken highly of him so he could well be one for the future.