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Pearce keen for more new faces at Man City

Manchester City manager Stuart Pearce is hoping to make further additions to his squad ahead of the Premiership season despite already bringing in five new faces to Eastlands this summer.

Pearce has already signed Bernardo Corradi, Dietmar Hamann, Ousmane Dabo, Joe Hart and Paul Dickov while also encouraging Joey Barton and Micah Richards to extend their deals with the club.

The manager, currently in China with the team for a pre-season tournament, expects there to be further arrivals before their campaign kicks off against defending champions Chelsea.

'We are hoping to add to that,' he said. 'The chief executive hasn't travelled on the trip because he is busy talking to a player at the moment so we would like to get one or two more in.

'We feel we have done good business up to this stage but we would like one or two more areas in our squad to be covered.'

City have travelled to China for two games this weekend - they meet Shanghai Shenhua on Friday and Japan's Kashima Antlers on Sunday - and the former England international believes the time away from home will help the new players bond with their new team-mates.

'The players have been back just over three weeks and they come to stage where you are just ready for a change of environment,' said Pearce, who has taken his team to Asia for the second year in a row following last summer's pre-season trip to Thailand.

'We've got five new players to bed in and the best way to do that is to not only be around each other, but to be around each other when you're in each other's pockets like this.

'The other side is any young players - you can bring them through like we did last year. We have a few young faces amongst us last year and they have the opportunity to come in and be a part of it as well.

'All in all, for me, the only downside is the little bit of jetlag you experience on the way out and on the way back.'

Pearce is confident the travel and time away from home will not have a detrimental effect on his club's performance in the Premiership.

'The main thing for me is that, come the start of the Premier League season, that my team is fully refreshed, fully fit and no injuries and raring to go,' he said. 'That's my only concern.

'I'm quite happy that this tour fits in quite nicely. If this tour was a week later, make no mistake, we wouldn't have come. I would have had to say it didn't work but the timing of it, for me, is perfect.'