Mancini: My mind’s on City, not Italy

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini says he is not ready for a

return to Italy – and insists he has already started planning for

next season.

The Eastlands manager was last week heavily linked with

Juventus, who sacked Ciro Ferrara in January and appointed Alberto

Zaccheroni as coach until the end of the season.

With the Juve post set to become vacant in the summer,

Mancini appeared to indicate his desire to return to Serie A in an

interview in his homeland.

Such talk was not entirely unsurprising, even though Mancini

has steered City into fourth spot and in line for a place in next

season’s Champions League qualifiers.

However, the former Sampdoria star distanced himself from the

Juve post after Saturday’s 6-1 demolition of Burnley and has now

emphasised his desire to remain part of the Eastlands revolution.

“I did give an interview, but I never said I wanted to go to

Juventus,” Mancini told City’s official website.

“Manchester City is my club and I have a contract here for

three-and-a-half years.

“I am already planning for next season, which 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% to get fourth place because we have

six games that are very difficult.

“After that, we can think about the future – we already have

some players in our minds who can be good for next season.”