Nobody would have expected this midfielder to get a new contract with double the wages a year ago. But after working hard during the summer and proving himself so far this season, Manchester City are set to work on a deal to keep this key midfield cog at the club.
Manchester City are ready to sit down with Stephen Ireland to discuss a new contract reflecting his improved form under Mark Hughes.
Pending final discussions between manager Hughes and the club’s board, talks are expected to begin shortly in an attempt to do something about Ireland’s £26,000-a-week salary, which is by no means commensurate with the contribution he is currently making at Eastlands. It is not even two years since the 22-year-old last agreed a contract which would keep him at the club until June 2012 and, with City’s board of the view that any new contract offer must be Hughes’ decision, a deal nearer £50,000 a week would appear to be likely. (Independent)
Ireland has been fantastic this season for City. Whilst the club’s form hasn’t been stellar, Ireland has been a bright spot amidst all the doom and gloom. His form has greatly improved over the last year, and at the moment, he could be the best in-form player at the club.
What do City supporters think about the offer? Is Ireland worth £50,000 a week?