Exclusive: Mancini set to sign new City deal
Published 20:30 25/12/11 By David McDonnell
Roberto Mancini will launch Manchester City’s 2012 title push by signing a new deal.
Mancini’s representatives have opened talks with City officials over extending the Italian’s current contract.
And the 47-year-old will become the Premier League’s highest-paid boss when he puts pen to paper on the new £5million-a-year agreement.
Mancini, who signed a three-and-a-half year deal with City when he succeeded Mark Hughes two years ago, will agree to a new contract that will keep him at the club until 2015.
Mancini’s managerial stock has risen with City top of the Premier League, with Juventus and AC Milan having tried to lure him back to his homeland.
With City holding a two-point lead over Manchester United and playing some of the best football in Europe, despite their Champions League group stage exit, Mancini has found himself in demand.
City are aware of the growing interest in their boss from other big European clubs and will move to tie him down to a new long-term deal as early as possible in the new year.
Mancini, who led City to their first trophy for 35 years with last season’s FA Cup triumph, as well as Champions Legaue football for the first time this term, has no plans to go elsewhere.
He has told City officials he intends to lead City to success at home and in Europe and is ready to commit himself to the club by penning a new deal.
City captain Vincent Kompany says he has a “gut feeling” this will be their season.
He told Sky Sports News: “This year in particular has certainly been proof of the fact we’re going about it the right way and that’s the main thing for us.
“I almost feel like I want to wait before I talk so much, but I really have a gut feeling that tells me that this is the season for us.
“It’s not based on the fact that I’m being pretentious because of the players we have in the team or the money that has been spent. It’s not about this.
“I feel we have a very good team spirit. This is something probably is the thing people don’t expect as much in our team.
“The fact I see it every single day motivates me even more because I believe we’ve got it more than what people see and what people think.”
Kompany credits Mancini for the improvements made at City, saying the Italian’s “obsession” with getting better has driven the players on.
“He’s a very passionate man - there’s no mistake about that,” the Belgium defender added. “What you see on the touchline is the man you get. He knows his football.
“He’s obsessed - in the same way a lot of players are in our team - with victory and getting better and making sure that even when we win we’re not looking back on the positive things but also on the things that went wrong so we can improve.”