Manchester City’s title win ‘amazing’ for Sheikh Mansour

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Jul 30th, 2012
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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – MAY 13: The Manchester City players celebrate with the trophy following the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Queens Park Rangers at the Etihad Stadium on May 13, 2012 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Roberto Mancini believes Manchester City’s Premier League title last season vindicated the huge sums invested in the club by owner Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

City clinched a first league crown in 44 years last season after pipping arch rivals Manchester United on goal difference following a dramatic final day of the season.

The triumph was four years in the making for Sheikh Mansour and his investment vehicle Abu Dhabi United Group who are reported to have sunk at least £1billion into City since their takeover in 2008.

Mancini met City’s owner in Abu Dhabi days after masterminding the club’s league triumph to discuss the future of the club with the Italian recently penning a new five-year deal to stay in charge.

“He [Sheikh Mansour] was very happy because for him this championship was very important,” said Mancini. “It was amazing for him and for us.”

He added: “For us it was important that we won because the Sheikh has spent a lot of money on this club. Usually it takes four or five years to do this…to win the league. We won it very quickly, I think.”

Mancini has also spoken of the hurt he felt following Carlo Tevez’s refusal to come on as a substitute during City’s Champions League clash against Bayern Munich – an incident that threatened to derail the club’s push for honours.

Tevez was duly fined for his indiscretion with Mancini saying in the immediate aftermath that the Argentine was “finished” at the club. A three-month self-imposed exile in his homeland followed before Tevez returned to the club in February to play a ket role in the run-in.

“I was really upset after that game,” said Mancini. “Not because we had lost, but because it was Carlos in that situation. I always had a good relationship with Carlos and did everything for him, like other players, but Carlos in particular, so for this reason I was upset.

“But after two or three days, it was in the past. The problems came later, but it is important that we did well in the end and won for Manchester City.”

Tevez has again been linked with Italian giants AC Milan, who failed with a bid to take him to Italy last January, but Mancini is keen to keep him at the club. “Carlos has another two years on his contract and I hope (he stays),” he said.

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