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Mancini leaves Benjani's Manchester City future in his striker's hands

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29 Jan 2010 13:54:23

Mancini leaves Benjani's Manchester City future in his striker's hands

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini will leave it to Benjani to decide whether he wants to leave Eastlands. Benjani has been linked with a move to Sunderland and could be the second striker to move on in a matter of days. Robinho sealed a loan move to Santos in his native Brazil on Thursday. Even though Roque Santa Cruz remains absent with a calf injury, Mancini believes he has enough cover to cope.  Gone or going, but not forgotten: Benjani (left) and Robinho On Benjani, Mancini said: 'I spoke with him two days ago and he told me he had a possibility to go and play. We have a lot of strikers but he it is up to him to decide. 'If he wants to stay here I will be happy. He is a good player and a good man.' Italian boss Mancini insists Robinho still has a future at the club beyond his loan spell in his homeland. Mancini said: "I spoke with him and said if you want to stay here I will be happy. But if you want to go to Brazil, you can go. 'He said 'Okay I will go back to Brazil for six months because the World Cup is coming'. 'But after the World Cup I think he can make it here. He will come back here because for me, he is a fantastic player and he has a good talent. 'He can go back to Brazil, stay with his family and play in every game for Santos. That is important to him and I understand that.'  MARTIN SAMUEL: Man City are all that is wrong with English football...EXCLUSIVE: Robinho will thrive in Brazil - to Manchester City's benefit, says World Cup legend Carlos AlbertoMan City turn to Parma's Mariga after move for Real's Gago breaks downWhat the back pages say: Rio to risk longer ban with second appeal, City chief Garry Cook could be the next to be axed, Sol can't wait to take on RooneyEastlands wasteland: The wit and wisdom of Manchester City chief executive Garry Cook MANCHESTER CITY FC


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