Mancini: United are champions

Roberto Mancini has conceded the Premier League title but says

he will be at Manchester City next season to try and win it

back.

Champions City will go into Saturday’s home game with Newcastle

18 points behind Manchester United, if the leaders win at

Sunderland in the day’s early game.

And Mancini insists City’s focus now should be holding off a

challenge from London duo Chelsea and Tottenham for the runners-up

spot.

He said: “It’s over, but this doesn’t change anything because we

should do our best from now to the end.

“Every top team, when you can’t win a title, you should try to

play well, try to win all the games, and we have the FA Cup

semi-final.

“We have Chelsea four points behind, Tottenham five points

behind and we play another nine games. For this reason it’s

important to keep working hard.”

The future of Mancini and midfielder Yaya Toure continue to be

questioned in the press, and newspaper reports on Thursday

suggested the Italian has been earmarked as the man to revive

Monaco’s fortunes.

Asked about the link, Mancini said: “Monaco is one of the best

teams in the French Second Division and they have a good manager.

I’ll stay here for a long time – like Yaya!”