'ut the Frenchman has a sharp retort for anyone who suggests he is another example of English football's supposed "Cashley Cole" syndrome.
"I have had the opportunity to go in every transfer window," said the Manchester City defender. "If it was about money, why didn't I go then? People who call me a mercenary have got it wrong."
Nonetheless, Distin's valuation of his worth as he again contemplates leaving a club he has served for five years, is calculated to raise cynical eyebrows.
Throughout last season, Distin seemed set to join Middlesbrough until a late change of heart. This time, with his current deal up in the summer, he has made it clear that he is available to any top-six club with £45,000- a-week to spare. Distin, 29, is one of City's longest-serving players but it rankles with him that, apart from one French League Cup winners' medal, his trophy cabinet is empty.
City matched Distin's financial requirements with a generous contract offer three months ago but it remains unsigned. The club have not won a trophy for 31 years and are stuck mid-table in the Premiership despite three consecutive wins over the holiday period.'