Man City news – Mancini defends loan exits, Battle for Belgian prospect, Kiev team news

Mancini defends loan exits.

Roberto Mancini has defended his decision to let key senior players leave Eastlands on-loan as his side start to feel the effects of the fixture pile up.

Mancini bemoaned a lack of bodies as one of the reasons his side have stuttered of late, including the shock 2-0 defeat in Kiev last week.

But Mancini is adamant he has not been the architect of his own downfall.

“If there are some players who want to leave because they wish to play every game, it is difficult,” he said.

“We didn’t think four or five important players would get injured in the space of 20 days.”

Battle for Belgian prospect.

Premier League giants Manchester City and Chelsea are locked in a battle to sign Kevin De Bruyne, his agent revealed to Sky Sports.

De Bruyne is rated as one of the best young midfielders in Europe and has already amassed over 50 games for Racing Genk.

But speaking exclusively to skysports.com, his agent Patrick De Koster has confirmed that no deal has been agreed with either club.

“I have been told that in the UK it is being reported that a deal for £4million had been done, but this is ridiculous,” he told Skysports.com.

“Firstly why would Genk accept £4million when they have already turned more than that down, and we are not in talks with anyone so how could something be agreed?”

Kiev team news.

Manchester City midfielder James Milner is set to return to the squad for tonight’s Europa League clash with Dynamo Kiev after recovering from a troublesome hamstring problem.

Milner has not featured for City this month but Roberto Mancini said: “James is not 100% but has worked with us for the past week and probably can go on the bench.”

Elsewhere Nigel De Jong will face a late fitness test whilst Adam Johnson has targeted the Chelsea game for a possible return to action.

“My ankle is almost there and I’m back in training again so I should be playing again soon, all being well,” he said.

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