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Roberto Mancini hoping for Manchester City stay


Mancini looks ahead to Villa match

Roberto Mancini is desperate to continue as Manchester City manager next season, even if the club do not qualify for the Champions League.

The Italian was charged with securing a top-four Premier League finish after replacing Mark Hughes in December.

His side are currently sixth in the league, one point off fourth-placed Tottenham with three games to play.

Mancini said: "I want to stay 200%, and if the owner wants me to stay, I will. I think I will be manager in August."

Failure to secure Champions League football could see Mancini follow Hughes out of the exit door at Eastlands.

Mancini's side have games against fellow Champions League chasers Aston Villa and Tottenham as well as a trip to West Ham on the last day of the season.


The former Inter Milan boss accepts he is not in charge of his own destiny but he does expect to be at the club next term and would benefit from having a full season at City.

"When you want to build a good team you must have time," said Mancini.

Asked whether he had been given any guarantees that he would remain in the post next season, the 45-year-old admitted: "No, I don't know this. I can't decide this. I can decide the training and the players but other things are decided by the owners.

"I have three years left on my contract and I am here to make us a top team next year.

"I think we have a fantastic chance to become a very important team next year if we build, if we work hard and if we have time."

Despite the City board having spent £100m this season in their pursuit of Champions League football, Mancini insisted finishing in fifth place would not represent a poor season for the club.

"I don't think I will have failed [if we finish fifth]," said Mancini.

"We want to finish fourth and that is what we are working for.

"But we have improved a lot in the last five months and we must improve more if we want to be a good team. I think the owners can see that."

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