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Sep 11, 2009

City boss Hughes confident over Helan conduct

Mark Hughes is adamant that Manchester City's conduct in the signing of Jeremy Helan was 'absolutely correct', despite the player's former club reporting the matter to FIFA.

Helan, 17, joined City from Rennes in February but concerns over the deal have gained prominence in the wake of the transfer ban imposed on Chelsea as a result of their capture of Gael Kakuta from Lens.

Rennes have reported City to FIFA but Hughes is satisfied with the signing of the defender, who is currently involved in a civil case with the French club in his homeland.

"We are quite comfortable with how we have conducted ourselves in this case,'' said Hughes. "We have taken legal advice in regard to the situation and obviously there is an ongoing legal issue with his previous club. But the legal advice leaves us quite happy with how we have acted.

"I am sure when we eventually get a conclusion people will see our conduct has been absolutely correct.''

The issue of youth recruitment has been firmly in the spotlight since FIFA prevented Chelsea from making any new signings in the next two transfer windows - a punishment that the club will appeal against at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

UEFA and FIFA have led calls for a ban on transfers involving players under the age of 18 and Hughes admits that the situation may need to be addressed.

"If people decide things are not quite right a review needs to be done as soon as possible,'' said Hughes. "There is a danger in leaving things as they are but there is also a danger in changing it.''

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