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Mancini criticizes Shaun Wright-Phillips

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has criticized Shaun Wright-Phillips' decision to speak publicly about his ongoing contract negotiations with the Premier League's richest club.

Wright-Phillips, who has two years left on his current £60,000-a-week deal, has rejected City's offer of a £70,000-a-week one-year contract extension.

Instead the England winger is looking for a five-year deal worth almost £100,000-per-week and broke club rules by speaking to The Sun about his contract negotiations last week.

Wright-Phillips' father Ian Wright was also critical of Manchester City in his programme on TalkSport. The former Arsenal striker accused City chief executive Garry Cook of treating his son 'like a youth-team player.'

However, the complaints have gone down like a cup of cold sick at City according to reports. Moreover, Mancini has now expressed his disappointment with Wright-Phillips' decision to go public.

'I am happy with Shaun because he always gives 100%, but I would prefer it if the player speaks to me rather than the newspapers,' Mancini told reporters. 'Shaun has never spoken to me about it once. If a player speaks with me it's much better for everyone – the player, me, the club. I have no problem with Shaun but it's now in the newspapers that there are problems.'

Wright-Phillips rejoined City from Chelsea just months before the club was taken over by the big spending Abu Dhabi Group who established a new pay ceiling at the club. However, after an inconsistent season in which he has struggled to hold down a first team place the 28-year-old should probably be happy with the offer of £70,000-per-week.

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