Manchester City boss Mancini tells Abramovich not to axe Ancelotti at Chelsea

21 May 2011 10:35
ShareManchester City boss Roberto Mancini believes Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich would be making a 'huge mistake' if he sacked manager Carlo Ancelotti.

Ancelotti's future at Stamford Bridge has been the subject of speculation with the Blues set to finish the season without a trophy.

Mancini, whose own future at City had been in question in recent months, with reports in Italy linking him to Juventus, told Studio Sport XXL: 'In reality, I have not said no to Juve simply because I have never been approached by them.

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'I want to remain at City to build a group. It would be stupid to have to start over somewhere else. For the same reason, Abramovich would make a huge mistake to part with Ancelotti. He is one of the best coaches in the world.'

Mancini also spoke about City's Italy striker Mario Balotelli and denied reports of rifts with the 20-year-old. 'He is a good lad,' said Mancini. 'He makes mistakes and needs to grow up.

'But it's not true that I tell him off. It's just that we speak a lot and one of the things I tell him is that nothing should be taken for granted and that he needs to prove he deserves his place in the team.'

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