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Birmingham line up new McLeish deal Cana explains Black Cats exit

Birmingham are to offer an improved contract to manager Alex McLeish when club owner Carson Yeung and chairman Peter Pannu return from the World Cup.

The duo are watching the latter stages of the competition in South Africa but will also discuss McLeish's new deal.

The former Scotland boss has made it clear he would like to sort out his future to assure potential transfer targets that he is at St Andrews long term.

Pannu said: "We have had extensive talks with Alex and his representative.

"His agent told us what he wants and we told his agent we will be revisiting the terms, and we are currently putting together a new package.

"I will speak to Carson Yeung first before a deal is put to Alex to consider. There will be improved terms for Alex, and it will be presented to him after I have met with Carson in South Africa. Whether Alex accepts, or doesn't, is purely speculative, so there is no point in me talking about that. We don't want people to think that we don't want Alex to stay."

Cana explains Black Cats exit

Lorik Cana has pleaded with Sunderland fans to understand his decision to leave the club for Champions League football.

The 26-year-old Albanian completed a move to Turkish side Galatasaray, worth in excess of 36m, just a year after arriving on Wearside in a £5m switch from French side Marseille.

He admitted the decision to leave had been a difficult one, but said it was an opportunity he could not afford to pass up.

Cana said: "I have been offered the opportunity to play in the Champions League, and especially to be closer to my family. This was not an easy decision for me, though, and I hope people understand."