Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

JOHNSON: MY HELL ; I'm Being Treated at Priory, Confesses Troubled Blues starCity Career Is over as He Fights Demons

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

JOHNSON: MY HELL ; I'm Being Treated at Priory, Confesses Troubled Blues starCity Career Is over as He Fights Demons

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MICHAEL Johnson has revealed the tortured battle with inner demons which has led to him being released by City.

The Blues star, once tipped to be an England captain and hailed as 'the new Colin Bell', told MEN Sport he has been undergoing treatment for several years at the Priory Clinic, which specialises in dealing with mental illness, alcoholism and gambling addiction.

And in a heartfelt plea, 24-year-old Johnson, whose football career appears to be over, has asked that he be 'left alone to live the rest of my life'.

to be over, has asked that he be 'left alone to live the rest of my life'.

It has emerged that City had decided in December to quietly pay up Johnson's contract, which was due to expire at the end of June, and release him.

Asked whether he had a message to Blues fans, who are disappointed that he did not fulfil his potential, Urmston-born Johnson, a product of the City academy, said: "I am more disappointed than anyone but that's the way it goes. …

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