Roberto Mancini key to David Pizarro’s decision to join Man City

David Pizarro admits Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini played a "big part" in the Chilean's decision to move to Eastlands

David Pizarro has revealed Roberto Mancini played a crucial role in the Chilean midfielder’s decision to join Manchester City on loan.

The 32-year-old was on the verge of joining Serie A leaders Juventus but the chance to play under Mancini proved too tempting for the Roma midfielder.

Pizarro, who previously worked with the Italian manager at Internazionale, moved to Eastlands on loan until the end of the season.

“Roberto Mancini played a big part in the move because I already had quite an advanced agreement with Juventus,” said Pizarro. “But when I heard about Manchester City’s concrete interest, I liked the idea more than Juventus.”

“The most difficult thing is to leave my children behind where they go to school. I would describe myself as a family man. So that was the most difficult thing.

“But there are many players here who speak my language and also some of the staff, so that will help to fill the gap.”

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