Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has joined the League Managers' Association to underline his desire to stay in English football beyond the summer.
The Italian, who has a six-month get-out clause in his contract, spent £150 to become an LMA member alongside Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger and Rafa Benitez in a symbolic gesture for City fans, who want evidence Mancini plans to stay at Eastlands for the long term.
The LMA have emerged as one of the game's most influential bodies and played a key role in burying the hostility between Ferguson and Wenger, who meet today in the Premier League.
Mancini signed a three-and-a-half-year contract last month following the dismissal of Mark Hughes, but either he or City can break it in the summer.
He faces Portsmouth today aware that a top-four finish and entry into the Champions League would help him recruit big-name players.
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He said: 'There are a lot of very good players in the world. It is my job to look at other games and know about other players, not necessarily to buy now but possibly in the summer. I know what is needed.'
Mancini, who signed Patrick Vieira earlier this month, gives Emmanuel Adebayor his first start today since he was caught up in a gun attack at the Africa Cup of Nations in which three were killed.
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