Mancini confident of signings

The Italian, who signed a new five-year contract to stay with the

Barclays Premier League champions this summer, remains optimistic

he can land the players he wants, with the start of the season less

than three weeks away. Mancini said in an interview televised on

Sky Sports News: “We need to work harder than last year and buy the

players who can help our team. I’m confident. “We don’t need big

changes, not 10 players like two or three years ago – but we need

three, four, five players. “But they can be young guys for the

future because it’s important to put them in the squad and make

them good like the players we already have.” Mancini has previously

expressed his admiration for Robin van Persie and it has been

confirmed that City are among the clubs to have lodged bids for

last season’s Premier League top scorer. However, the Holland

international striker has been linked with several other top teams

following a 37-goal season with Arsenal.