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Mancini is coy over plans for summer

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini intends to keep his summer recruitment plans under wraps until the end of the season.

Having been dethroned as champions by rivals Manchester United, City could make major squad changes in the close season in a bid to reclaim lost ground next term.

Mancini (inset below) missed out on all his prime transfer targets last year and eventually made a series of mostly disappointing signings late in the summer window.

He may want to move more decisively and earlier this time but, with numerous names being linked with the Etihad Stadium, he is not divulging much information.

The Italian said: "My strategy is only one, to get the second position and try and win the FA Cup. After this we start to work for next year."

One player City have been linked heavily with this week is Shakhtar Donetsk's £20million-rated Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho.

Mancini downplayed the rumour ahead of this afternoon's Premier League trip to Swansea.

He said: "I don't know this. We can talk about Fernandinho. Fernandinho is a good player but he plays for Shakhtar.

"I don't think there are a lot of good players (available) around the world. There are also four or five top teams who want to buy good players. It could be difficult."

With any new arrivals there could be departures. Winger Scott Sinclair has been linked with a return to former club Swansea and Mancini has conceded his future could lie elsewhere.

Mancini said: "This situation with Sinclair is difficult because I didn't give him a lot of chances to play.

"He is very unlucky. It is my fault, not his fault."

When asked if that might mean Sinclair deserves to play somewhere else, Mancini said: "I think it is better if he can have another solution."

French playmaker Samir Nasri's future has also been uncertain, but improved form has raised the feeling he could stay at Eastlands.

Mancini, who has been critical of Nasri this term, said: "He played very well in the last four games.

"I repeat – Samir should play always like this because he has quality."


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