Roberto Hits Back At Media Speculation

04 May 2013 11:03
Roberto Mancini has laughed off the latest round of speculation over his position at the Etihad Stadium.

It was reported this week that City's director of football Txiki Begiristain recently dined with the agent of Malaga boss Manuel Pellegrini, the Chilean who has been touted as a potential successor to Mancini.

Mancini jokingly swore when asked about Pellegrini at a press conference in February and, although clearly irritated by recurring stories suggesting he could leave City this summer, he continues to brush off the matter.

When asked about the latest rumours, he jokingly said: "I hope that he had a good dinner!"

City have not commented on whether Begiristain did meet Jesus Martinez in Madrid but, even if he did, as the agent represents a number of players it could have been for other reasons.

But besides that, Mancini feels his record at City, having won an FA Cup and a Barclays Premier League title, bears scrutiny and, after signing a five-year contract last summer, is confident in his position.

The Italian, speaking at his press conference to preview this weekend's game at Swansea, pointed out that Pellegrini is merely one of several names the press have linked with his job this season.

He said: "In general, in the last six months, you have written everything.

"You started six or seven months ago with Pep (Guardiola), (Jose) Mourinho, Pellegrini, (Carlo) Ancelotti, Brendan Rodgers.

"I have four years (left on my) contract. I know that I work with serious people, like (chairman) Khaldoon (Al Mubarak) and (owner) Sheikh Mansour.

"I think that if there was another manager who won three trophies in three years you would say nothing about this manager.

"I don't know why you, in general, continue to ask or say these things."

Source: Manchester City MAD