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Sven and Thaksin set for talks

Sven-Goran Eriksson has pencilled in a date with Manchester City owner Thaksin Shinawatra at the weekend.

However the Swedish manager stressed that the intended talks are more to do with taking the club forward rather than his future.

Eriksson is determined to build on the good foundations he has set down in his first season at Eastlands.

That is why he wants to attract some big names in the summer - and get Thaksin's thoughts.

Eriksson said: 'I haven't spoken to Dr Thaksin yet but hopefully I will do during the weekend.

'I want to speak to him about the future of the club as it is important.'

City have been linked with Barcelona superstar Ronaldinho and CSKA Moscow's Jo.

While Eriksson refused to comment on the speculation, he said: 'In general if we are going to sign players for next season they must be world class players.

'We have a very good team but if we want to go one step further we have to take in top class players.'

City entertain struggling Fulham on Saturday when they aim to chalk up their third straight victory.

A place in Europe is still a possibility following the 3-1 victory over Portsmouth.

Benjani's goal against his former club was only his second for City and Eriksson expects the player to kick on.

'He has always worked hard for us, ' said the City boss. 'The last game was maybe his best for us. I hope he will continue like that as we still have a chance of a place in Europe. However we need to win our remaining games.'

City are facing a defensive crisis as skipper Richard Dunne is struggling to overcome a hamstring injury sustained at the weekend. 'He is no more than 50-50,' said Eriksson.

With Micah Richards and Nedum Onuoha already sidelined, Shaleum Logan has been recalled from Stockport.