City boss Roberto Mancini has shrugged off speculation over his future at the helm of the Manchester club.
The Italian has been the subject of recent criticism after City suffered two consecutive defeats without Carlos Tevez in the side and reports of dressing room unrest, fuelling rumours that owner Sheikh Mansour was considering wielding the axe.
Mancini told Corriere dello Sport: “We are calm and quiet, and we are working together. I’d just be happy if it all [the speculation] ends already.
“We are striving to not just to get into the Champions League. Now it’s time to do the dirty work, to change the mentality and build a great team. It is a difficult step and I want to do things right.”
Tevez fit for Brom.
Despite yesterday’s reports that Carlos Tevez’s injury and personal problems made him a severe doubt for the Manchester derby next Wednesday, Roberto Mancini has said the Argentinian may be fit for West Brom at the weekend.
Speaking ahead of City’s Europa League clash with Lech Poznan tonight, Mancini said: “(On Thursday) he will be in Manchester and I think he will be ready for West Brom. If he is okay then he could be.”
City still want Rooney.
Perhaps inevitably, several sources including are this morning reporting that Manchester City, far from being put off by Wayne Rooney’s decision to stay at Manchester United, are preparing a £60m bid for the striker’s signature.
Rooney shocked the footballing world by announcing his intention to leave United over a perceived lack of ambition, only to make a dramatic U-turn days later, signing a five-year contract that doubled his weekly wage.
However City are still searching for the elusive marquee signing to properly announce themselves on the world stage. Having failed in bids for Kaka and John Terry in recent seasons they still believe Rooney to be a realistic target.
They will also draw encouragement from recent history; Cristiano Ronaldo signed a new contract shortly before his departure for Real Madrid, and there is suspicion United have asked the same of Rooney to maximise any potential transfer fee.