Roberto Mancini: Adam Johnson is part of my Manchester City plans
Roberto Mancini insists Adam Johnson is part of his Manchester City plans but urges the winger to prove his worth
Roberto Mancini insists Adam Johnson is part of his Manchester City plans but has challenged the midfielder to improve his performances if he wants more first-team action at the Eastlands outfit.
The 25-year-old started just 10 games as City won their first Premier League title last season – and the former Middlesbrough youth graduate has been linked with a move to Liverpool and Sunderland this summer.
“Adam is in my plans,” Mancini said. “Some players think that when they don’t play, it’s the boss’ fault. I think he has to be playing for a top club but he’s got to play at his top level.”
Johnson has scored 15 goals in 97 appearances for the Premier League champions after moving from Middlesbrough to City in February 2010.
England manager Roy Hodgson omitted Johnson from his 23-man squad for the European championship, and Mancini admits the winger was unfortunate not to be involved in Poland and Ukraine.
“It’s not my fault he didn’t play in the Euros,” added Mancini. “I think for the national manager it is difficult to choose.
“Adam is a very good player and probably deserved to go. Under Capello he played regularly. But he found himself in the same situation as Micah Richards, who is also a good player.
“Sometimes players have to stay at home. Now it depends on him, not me. If he deserves to play, he will.”