Mancini rules out Kjaer swoop

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has denied that he is ready

to swoop for Palermo’s Denmark international defender Simon Kjaer.

The Danish centre-half has been the subject of speculation

linking him to a number of major European clubs, including Premier

League big spenders City.

But new boss Mancini has played down such reports and insists

he is focused on other things.

“For now I am in retreat with the team and I have to think

about other things,” he told mediterraneonline.it.

“Does the Danish defender interest us? Currently we have

other thoughts. We don’t think of Kjaer.”

The 20-year-old defender moved to the Rosanero for 4million

euros in July last year and has a minimum release fee clause in his

contract set at 12million euros.

He has been in fine form for Palermo so far this season and

City’s rivals Manchester United are also thought to be trailing

him.