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Richard Dunne: I was forced out of City

Richard Dunne has revealed that he was forced out of Manchester City against his will. The Republic of Ireland defender was sold to Aston Villa for £6m on the last day of the transfer window.

City have spent over £120m on new players during the summer including central defenders Kolo Toure and Joleon Lescott meaning Dunne was considered surplus to requirements. However, the Ireland internationl told the Daily Mail that he had wanted to remain and fight for his place.

'It was difficult,' Dunne said. 'They made it quite clear they didn’t want me there any more, so for me to have the opportunity to come to Villa was brilliant.I could have maybe sat and played in the reserves for the next three years, but for the manager here to show the faith he has was pretty pleasing.'

'I’m not hurt to leave, I’m just hurt the way in which it was dealt with. It wasn’t the best way they went about things, but that’s a different story. For me I’m just pleased to be here and looking forward to many years playing at a club that’s stable.'

However, Dunne is relishing the challenge trying to break into the top four with Aston Villa. 'It’s brilliant to be here,' he added. 'I was at Manchester City for nine years and it was probably time to go our separate ways. I feel now it’s a fresh start.'

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