Roberto Mancini close to signing new three-year deal at Man City

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini could sign a new contract at the Eastlands outfit by the end of the week

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Roberto Mancini's men won their first top-flight crown since 1968 last term PA Photos

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Manchester City are reportedly on the verge of tying manager Roberto Mancini down to a new three-year deal amid speculation linking him with the vacant Russia job.

The 47-year-old masterminded City’s first Premier League title in 44 years last season, with their 3-2 victory over Queens Park Rangers helping them pip Manchester United to first place on goal difference.

Mancini has been touted as a possible replacement for Dick Advocaat, who stood down as Russia manager after a disappointing Euro 2012 campaign.

But it is understood that the former Internazionale manager is close to agreeing a new three-year contract at the Etihad Stadium, with his current deal set to expire next summer.

Roberto Mancini fact-file

• Mancini spent the majority of his playing career in Italy, winning Serie A titles and Uefa Cup Winners’ Cups with both Sampdoria and Lazio as well as six editions of the Coppa Italia, four with Sampdoria and two with Lazio. Capped 36 times by Italy, the forward was a bronze medallist at the 1990 World Cup.

• He started his coaching career as assistant to Sven-Göran Eriksson at Lazio before replacing Fatih Terim at Fiorentina in 2001. After leading Fiorentina to the Coppa Italia, he returned to Lazio and repeated that feat as well as steering the Roman club into the Champions League and to the Uefa Cup semi-finals in 2002/03.

• He became coach of Inter in July 2004, replacing Alberto Zaccheroni one day after terminating his contract with Lazio; led the Nerazzurri to Coppa Italia glory in his debut season, Inter’s first domestic honour since the 1989 Scudetto.

• After Juventus were stripped of their 2005-06 title and AC Milan suffered a points penalty, Inter were finally crowned champions of Italy again. Mancini repeated that success in 2006/07.

• Mancini left Inter in May 2008 despite winning another title. He replaced Mark Hughes as manager of Manchester City midway through the 2009-10 Premier League season, signing a three-and-a half year deal.

• City finished fifth in his first season and third in his second, when they also won the FA Cup, their first trophy in 35 years.

• He then led City to their first Premier League title in 44 years in 2011-2012.

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