Mancini admits European problem

Manchester City head coach Roberto Mancini has admitted that his side's failure to qualify for the Champions League next season may hinder his hopes of major summer signings.

The Citizens rounded off the campaign with a 1-1 draw at West Ham, ending in fifth place and agonisingly short of a place in next season's premier European competition.

Mancini told The Sun:"Can we attract the top, top players, like Fernando Torres? I don't know, but I don't think so.

"If we finished in the top four, it would be better and easier to attract them. In this situation it is different.

"There are probably some players who want to play in the Champions League and not in the Europa League.

"But there are a lot of players in Europe who will want to play for Manchester City next year.

"We won't be playing in the Champions League, but we must try to win the other competitions and finish in the top four in the Premier League.

"We are in the right position – in the top five. We tried to qualify for the Champions League and missed out, but finishing fifth is better than finishing sixth."

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