Date: 5th July 2006 at 9:28pm
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Reports had suggested that Man City would sign Petrov in an exchange for Barton.

However, Lawwell (chief executive)said: ‘Accusations we have contacted Manchester City offering Stilian are completely false.

‘We wish Stilian to remain at the club and this story is totally inaccurate.’

Strachan added: ‘This is total fabrication. People are just guessing. If they are going to try and guess, they should at least try to be realistic.’