Mancini ends Russia speculation by penning five-year Manchester City deal

By IndepthAfrica
In Soccer
Jul 9th, 2012

Roberto Mancini has ended speculation linking him with the vacant Russia national team position by agreeing a new five-year deal with Manchester City.

Mancini had been heavily linked with a move to Russia with reports emerging today claiming the Italian had “secretly signed” a contract with the Russian FA ahead of taking over the national team.

However, the rumours proved to be speculative after City confirmed Mancini has agreed to extend his stay at the Etihad Stadium.

A statement on the club’s official website read: “Manchester City Football Club today are pleased to announce that a new contract has been agreed with manager Roberto Mancini.”

Speaking after signing his new contract, Mancini said he was delighted to have committed his future to the Premier League champions.

“I am delighted to be able to give all of my efforts to Manchester City for a further five years,” he said. “ The opportunity which exists to build on our recent success is enormous.

“Manchester City is a fantastic football club, from the owner, chairman, Board and the executive team, through to the players, staff and fans.”

Interim Chief Executive Officer John MacBeath added: “Roberto’s managerial credentials have been well proven in Europe for many years and in leading a team which has won the FA Cup and an unforgettable Barclays Premier League title in successive seasons, his ability to manage in the English domestic game is also undisputed.

“This new agreement allows Roberto to focus on the challenge of guiding a team which is capable not only of defending the Premier League title, but one which can compete for European honours.”

Mancini, who led Inter Milan to three successive Scudettos during his time as manager, guided City to their first top-flight league title in 44 years after pipping fierce rivals Manchester United on the final day of last season.

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