Date: 16th July 2009 at 2:22pm
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Sinbad sent us the following…

Manchester City may be making headlines in the transfer window but another big decision has been taken which has hardly raised an eyebrow – Hughes has decided to keep faith with Richard Dunne as Manchester City captain for next season.

Hughes made this clear at a press conference in Abu Dhabi earlier today, as reported ‘in passing’ by the Telegraph in an article about the pursuit of Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor.

The Irishman has made 294 appearances for City over the last nine seasons. An average of 33 senior appearances per season over nine years is an impressive achievement, and more even than many goalkeepers. He’s also represented Ireland in 52 internationals.

To put that achievement into perspective, John Terry has averaged 25 games per season at Chelsea and Rio Ferdinand 29 games at Man Utd.

Compared to John Terry you get 30% more appearances from Richard Dunne. And the man cost just £3m.

But the highlight is the back-against-the wall performances of Dunne where he rallied the Blues as captain through many tough games – often with a very average team in front of him. Many times his steadfast courage has kept City in the top tier of football.

As a fan I am very glad that Hughes recognises the quality of Richard Dunne in this way. This is indeed ‘Typical City!’