Italian opens up on transfers.
Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has admitted that a deal for Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie is unlikely, while suggesting that forwards Edin Dzeko and Carlos Tevez will remain at the Etihad Stadium.
City have been constantly linked with Dutchman Van Persie, who has established himself as one of the most talented players on the planet in the past two seasons. The forward bagged 30 goals in the Premier League last season, at times single-handedly dragging Arsenal through tough games.
But Mancini played down suggestions he is set to move for the 28-year-old, telling Sky Italia: “Van Persie? He is an Arsenal player and I don’t want to disrespect Wenger.
“We have four strikers and we will start the pre-season in five days. It’s unlikely there will be major changes in such a short time.”
Mancini also admitted that he expected Dzeko to stay at the club. The £28 million striker managed 16 league goals last season but misfired late on, prompting suggestions that the City would allow him to join Bayern Munich or Juventus.
“Dzeko’s farewell is not expected,” Mancini said. “The interest of Juventus for him? It will be difficult that Edin goes away.
The Italian also confirmed that Carlos Tevez would likely remain in Manchester but was unsure about the future of left-back Aleksander Kolarov, who has been linked with a move to the Serie A.
“Tevez will remain, unless he wants to change team.”
“Kolarov? I myself wanted him to come to City. He is a great player. If it depends on me, he would remain at the City. I’d love to have him again in the next season but I cannot impose myself on his will.”