Manchester City boss has quashed speculation Carlos Tevez will leave Eastlands in the transfer window.Tevez expressed his discontent at City more than once in the last English Premier League season, even handing in a transfer request in December, and seemed certain to be on the way out.
In an attempt to appease the Argentine, Mancini revealed City offered him to Inter Milan in a straight swap for coveted Cameroonian marksman Samuel Eto’o.
However, now that deal has fallen through, the City boss expects Tevez to remain at the Sky Blues.
“Yes, of course Tevez will stay, he is a fantastic player,” Mancini said from holiday in Sardinia.
“There was talk of an exchange with Eto’o, but Inter did not want to sell.”
The Italian also revealed he has his eye on disillusioned Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri, and Partizan Belgrade defender Stefan Savic was close to being a City player.
“I would say a deal for Savic has been done, but Nasri? No, not yet,” Mancini said.
Quizzed about the Serie A players he would like to add to his squad at the Eastlands, Mancini added: “I like Ezequiel Lavezzi, Marek Hamsik and Edinson Cavani. I like Javier Pastore a little less.”
“Then, when I think of Udinese, I can think of Pablo Armero and Mauricio Isla.”
“And I must say Antonio Di Natale. It’s a pity that he is now getting on in years. I also liked Radja Nainggolan of Cagliari.”
“Of course, I did not mention the Inter boys for whom I have a weakness. I think the ones I coached are great players.”