Mancini’s mind on City, not Italy

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.”