Manchester City confirms talks with Monaco over manager’s job
Roberto Mancini is clearly someone who likes to keep his options open, with the Manchester City manager admitting on Friday that he held talks with Monaco during the summer over the possibility of becoming the Ligue 2 club’s manager.
November 2nd, 2012
Mancini has had a difficult start to the season with Manchester City taking just one point from their first three Champions League matches although the Italian might have left in the summer after admitting he spoke to Monaco and several other clubs.
He said on Friday: “Last year I was very close with seven, eight teams but I prefer to stay here because I work well here the first three years. Also, if someone thinks we didn’t do a good job – we won three trophies in two years and I’m very happy, we work well.
“And now I think the next three or four years will be very important for us. I think that now with Ferran [Soriano, the new chief executive] and [Txiki] Begiristain [appointed last week as director of football] we can work very well – we can improve our team.”
“I sign a contract for the next five years because I believe in this squad, because I can work with serious people like the owner and the chairman, really serious people, and to work with these people is fantastic – it’s difficult to find people that work well with the manager and for me it’s a fantastic situation. And now I think we have time to improve and build a stronger team.”
Pushed that it is warmer in Monaco than Manchester, Mancini joked: “Also Italy. But I think the best place in this moment is this [City]. For the next five years my work, my job will be here.”