Man City’s Roberto Mancini: I didn’t force Adam Johnson to leave
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini insists he did not force Sunderland winger Adam Johnson to leave in the summer
Roberto Mancini has rubbished claims he forced Sunderland winger Adam Johnson to leave Manchester City in the summer.
The 24-year-old has scored two goals in 15 Premier League appearances for the Black Cats this term after completing a £12m switch from the Citizens to the Stadium of Light.
Johnson netted 15 times during his three seasons at the Eastlands outfit but he struggled to tie down a regular starting spot at the English champions.
Despite using the England international sparingly, Mancini felt Johnson was an important part of his squad but the Italian understood the winger’s reasons for wanting to leave the Citizens.
“I didn’t say to him to leave. Adam said he wanted to always play and for that reason I let him go,” said Mancini.
“For me Adam was an important player but I understand the situation. He is young, he wants to play every game.”