Roberto Mancini has stated that Argentinian talisman Carlos Tevez will remain at Eastlands next season, despite rumours of swap deal with Inter’s Samuel Eto’o. The Italian also confirmed that a deal for Partizan Belgrade defender Stefan Savic had been completed, and suggested the Manchester club were keeping tabs on Arsenal’s Samir Nasri.
“Yes, of course Tevez will stay, he is a fantastic player. There was talk of an exchange with Eto’o but Inter did not want to sell. I would say a deal for Savic has been done, but Nasri? No, not yet,” the former Sampdoria player is reported to have said in The Observer.
With the multi-millions of Sheik Mansour behind the club and the prospect of Champions League football in 2011/12, City have been constantly linked with summer transfer window moves. Mancini has done little to quell speculation, listing players from his homeland that may be on his wishlist.
“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,” the 46-year-old stated.
Nasri’s rejection of a new deal at the Emirates has sparked speculation he could move to one of Arsenal’s Premier League rivals, with the Citizens sure to offer more than the £90,000 per week offered by Arsene Wenger’s side. Despite this the French midfielder claims a move would be motivated by the search for success, rather than financial progression.
“The priority is to make a big career and to win titles … With no titles under your belt, you can’t be in the list for the Ballon D’Or. I came to England to get trophies because I haven’t won anything in my career. I am hungry for titles. I play football because I love this sport and want to feel the emotion of winning. Lifting a trophy all together, this is the beauty and sense of team sports,” the ex-Marseille man commented.