Mancini given assurances over his City future

Roberto Mancini looks set to continue as Manchester City next season after the club’s Abu Dhabi based owners backed the Italian despite missing out on a Champions League spot next season.

City lost 1-0 at home to Tottenham on Wednesday which meant that the Premier League’s richest club will instead play in next season’s Europa League.

Club chairman Khaldoon al-Mubarak said he was ‘disappointed but not sad’ after the defeat and made it clear that there were no plans to replace Mancini.

‘I think he [Mancini] has done an excellent job, coming in mid-season and organising the team,’ al-Mubarak said. ‘I'm very happy with Roberto and [the owner] Sheikh Mansour is delighted with the way he has organised the team.’

‘I believe that, with a good pre-season to prepare the team, Roberto is going to do a wonderful job for many years. He is driven, committed and he has a winning mentality. He has the interests of the club at heart and he is definitely the right manager for this club for many years.’

Mancini is set to move his family over from Italy after he spent the last few months living in a hotel in Manchester. Al-Mubarak made it clear that the former Inter Milan manager will have all of the money he needs to assemble a team that can push for domestic honours next season.

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