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Toure commits future to City

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Thu, 04 Apr 2013 17:53:00

Coventry City have appealed against the 10-point deduction they were levied last week for going into administration.

The League One club was given seven days to exercise its' right of appeal and has chosen to do so in order to keep their slim hopes of a play-off place alive.

A High Court hearing in London last week ruled that the club had gone into administration, with their Ricoh Arena landlords - Arena Coventry Ltd - owed over a year's unpaid rent of ?1.3m.

City said they had placed a non-operating subsidiary of the club into administration and insisted it was business as usual at Coventry City Football Club (Holdings), which they said held the crucial 'golden share' that provides membership to the Football League.

A statement on the club's website read: "Coventry City Football Club (Holdings) Ltd has submitted an appeal to the Football League to have the 10 points deducted last week reinstated.

"The points were deducted following the administration of CCFC Ltd. The club will keep supporters informed of the progress of the appeal."

Westwood was booked during the closing stages of last weekend's 2-1 home defeat to Liverpool for a challenge on Henderson but replays showed the former Crewe player may have been fortunate to escape a red card as he was showing his studs when connecting with the Reds midfielder.

Lambert, whose side visit Stoke on Saturday, said: "He's got the ball. I know what people are saying because of the way he's gone in but he has actually got the ball.

"If he had got the lad, then it's a different matter. You are not sitting telling me that Westwood is a dirty player.

"He's nowhere near that. He doesn't need to be dirty because he doesn't give the ball away."

Lambert also brushed off further speculation regarding the future of 18-goal striker Benteke, who has been linked with a move to Tottenham.

He said: "We get linked with everyone but I don't pay too much attention to speculation.

"We gave Christian the opportunity to go and perform and he has been excellent with the way he has performed and led the line. He has been excellent for us.

"What is he worth now? You'd have to have quite a lot of money to try and get him. In the modern day market, it can be whatever it wants."

Lambert has seen Southampton, QPR and Sunderland sack their respective managers in recent weeks but is unsure whether it provides Villa with any advantage in the battle for survival.

He said: "I think with football management now, nobody is sure what happens whether you get good results or bad results.

"You are just never quite sure what is going to happen. All of those managers have done great and yet they still end up losing their jobs.

"Will it help Villa? It is not something I sit and analyse. I just find it strange what happens to managers, especially when they get results.

"You just have to keep going and look after your own house as such."

Toure, who turns 30 in May, pledged his future to the Premier League side until 2017 in a deal which was confirmed on Thursday afternoon.

"This is where I want to be," Toure told the club's official website.

"When I first arrived at City, every time I went to sleep I would dream about us winning something.

"Now it is about us being the best team in whatever competition we take part in."

Toure joined City from Barcelona in July 2010 on a five-year deal which saw him link up with his older brother Kolo, who joined the club from Arsenal the previous year.

The midfielder, who has won the Champions League, two La Liga titles, a Premier League trophy, the FA Cup and Copa Del Rey during his career, revealed his decision to stay at City rests on his desire to claim more silverware.

"I want to continue winning titles and trophies and continue to make history," Toure said.

"I have enjoyed all of my time here and can't wait for the next chapter. This is an incredible club to be part of with fans that support a team to the end, whatever the circumstances.

"I will never forget how I have been treated here by the fans, the club and the owners and nothing would give me greater pleasure than to finish my career as a Manchester City player.

"Of course now it looks likely that we will not successfully defend the Premier League title and that is sad for all of us, but we can still finish second and win the FA Cup for a second time in three years and that is still an achievement for a club that won nothing for a long time.

"We must try to finish on a high note and then start preparing to win more next season. Football is always a challenge and always a puzzle to solve and that is why we all love the game.

"You have to use your skill, intelligence and strength to constantly improve and that is what we at City intend to do."

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