Man City’s Roberto Mancini: I spoke to seven or eight clubs last year

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini reveals he spoke to "seven or eight clubs" last season before signing a new five-year deal this summer

Roberto Mancini has revealed he spoke to “seven or eight clubs” last season before the Italian penned a new deal at Manchester City this summer.

The 47-year-old faced speculation about his managerial post after it appeared the Citizens were going to miss out on the Premier League crown.

However, the Eastlands outfit ended their 44-year wait for a top-flight title courtesy of a victory on the final day of the season against Queens Park Rangers.

Mancini signed a five-year contract at City over the summer, and the Citizens boss is now keen to build on their success and win more silverware.

“Last year, I was very close to seven or eight teams, but I preferred to stay here because I’ve worked well here for three years,” said Mancini.

“We won three trophies in three years and I am very happy, we work well. Now, the next three or four years will be very important to us.”

He added: “I signed a contract for the next five years because I believe in this squad and I can work with serious people like the owner and chairman.

“To work with these people is fantastic in football – it’s difficult to find people who work well with the manager. For me, it’s a fantastic situation.

“Now we have a chance to build a stronger team.”

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