Mancini exclusive dominates headlines
- Sat 23 Feb 2013, 8:27AM
- Posted by @markbooth_mcfc
Plenty of column inches are dedicated to the Premier League champions in today’s newspapers as they prepare for a showdown with Chelsea on Sunday.
We begin with an excellent in-depth interview with Roberto Mancini in today’s Guardian by Daniel Taylor.
A broad range of subjects are discussed, but the Italian’s comments on alleged summer transfer targets, such as Neymar, Edinson Cavani and Radamel Falcao demand most of the attention.
"I like Cavani, but all the world wants him,” Mancini revealed.
“There are big players. I don't know what can happen. [Luis] Suárez plays for a top team like Liverpool. Cavani plays for Napoli.
“There's [Radamel] Falcao but, again, all the managers like him, Neymar is a good player, he's young, but I don't know if he's ready to play in England because the football is totally different.
“I think he will go to Barcelona or Madrid where the football is more technical.
"But Cavani and Falcao would work in England. They have experience. Both players are 26, 27. They are good enough to play in England."
Mancini also touched upon the incessant speculation linking other managers with his post and took his opportunity to set the record straight.
"I don't understand it. Seriously, for what reason? Since we started to win, in May 2011, Manchester City are the best team in England, are they not?” he said.
“We won three trophies, Manchester United two, Chelsea two, Liverpool one. No other team has won more than us.
"Now we are in second position and still in the FA Cup. We hope we can win the league and never say never but if we finish second, OK, we made some mistakes but we have still done a good job surely if, in three years, we have finished second, first, second.
“So I don't understand it. I could if we had won nothing for three years. It would be difficult for me to stay then. I couldn't stay in a team where I wasn't doing a good job. But I have done a good job here."
There's plenty of interesting stuff, so you're urged to give the full piece a read, but another interesting line is Mancini's speculation on his future where he refuses to rule out managing England one day.
"It depends on my mind. There are other positions at football clubs and I could do another job," he admitted.
"For now, I like being a manager. I like being angry every day."
"I'd like to do this job until I'm 60 possibly then maybe work with a chairman somewhere.
Before then, he is intrigued by the possibility of managing England one day.
"It can happen if they want to win. It does appeal. And if I am managing England and win the World Cup or the European Championship I want to be knighted. No statue, but a knighthood is enough."
Sir Roberto Mancini certainly has a ring to it...
Bursaspor director Erkan Kamat said: "If we can avoid the theatrics we went through last time we could rekindle our interest in Kolo Toure."
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