Mancini vetoes the Italian job
- 07 April 2010 12:34
- Posted by Peter Ferguson
Roberto Mancini has nailed any notion that he is heading back to Italy this summer by revealing that he is already making plans for next season's campaign with the Blues.
City's manager, a natural magnet for Serie A clubs after his hat-trick of titles with Inter Milan, has been linked in the media back home with a move to Italian giants Juventus.
But even as he bids to clinch a Champions League place, Mancini is working on a pre-season schedule for his squad and formulating a wanted list for the summer transfer market.
He told mcfc.co.uk: "I am already planning for next season. Next season will start on July 5 when the players come back after the summer.
"For us it's more important that we finish well this season, and we must concentrate 100 per cent to get fourth place because we have six games that are very difficult.
"After that, we can think about the future - we have in our minds already some players who can be good for next season."
The Blues boss has again laughed off the idea that he is packing his bags for Turin, and told the Italian sports writers that he aims to be in charge at City for the long haul.
He explained: "In Italy it is normal in March or April for that to happen. There are three newspapers that write about football every day, and they must write something on a manager's future or a player's future.
"I did give an interview, but I never said I wanted to go to Juventus. Manchester City is my club and I have a contract here for three and a half years. I've said that to the papers in Italy, but I don't know what they'll write."