Roberto Mancini yet to discuss new Manchester City contract

 

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has revealed he has yet to discuss a new contract with the club.

Mancini, who led City to their first Barclays Premier League title since 1968 on Sunday, has one year left on his current deal.

Reports in England claim Mancini will soon be offered a new lucrative four-year contract extension, but he has not heard anything, despite having contact with the club's owner in the wake of the title success.

"He (owner Sheikh Mansour) sent me a message of congratulations," Mancini said in an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport. "He was happy.

"We haven't spoken about a new contract but I am very happy to work here.

"The basis is here to start a cycle."

The Italian tactician admits that Sunday's events have yet to sink in.

With his team trailing 10-man QPR 2-1 in stoppage time, City scored two late goals that handed them the three points they needed to win the title on goal difference ahead of city rivals Manchester United.

"It was a miracle," Mancini said.

"God looked at our game and gave us a helping hand.

"Football is mad and it's extraordinary because of that. Games end on the final whistle and you cannot give up.

"On Sunday we won the title by scoring two goals in injury time.

"I have never experienced that before and I don't know when it will happen again."

Mancini claims that Sunday's season finale was further evidence that the Barclays Premier League is the best league in the world.

"I truly believe it is," he said.

"Our game, that of United in Sunderland and the draw between Stoke and Bolton prove that it is a loyal battle here, always and anywhere."

And the 47-year-old believes there is no question his side were worthy winners.

"We truly deserve this title," he said. "We have taken 89 points. We have scored more goals than any other team.

"We have played the best football and we have beaten United twice.

"I must compliment United because they fought until the last second.

"To beat a rival like United after a league like this one increases our merit."

According to Mancini, the key to the season for City was their 3-3 draw at home to Sunderland on March 31.

"We were down 3-1 but thanks to (Mario) Balotelli and (Aleksandar) Kolarov we are able to equalise," he said.

"That result was important because it was a lesson of character.

"I thank Balotelli and Kolarov for those two goals."

Mancini is no newcomer to winning titles as a player and coach.

He led Inter Milan to three consecutive scudetti during his four-year spell in charge of the Serie A giants.

However, he rates Sunday's triumph very highly in his achievements, as he became the second Italian manager to win the Premier League after Carlo Ancelotti's Chelsea in 2010.

"I have won in England, in the home of football masters," he said. "For an Italian this is an immense joy.

"I am proud to be Italian and to represent my nation in the best way.

"Our country is going through a delicate time but I am convinced we will come out of it. Italy is a great country, we just need to learn to love it more.

"I dedicate this title to those who love me, to those that have worked to achieve it, but especially to the City fans. I saw a fan in tears in Swansea after losing 1-0 and I realised just how much this team is loved."

Mancini, who joined City in 2009, knows his next challenge is to guide City to achieve European success.

City were eliminated from the Champions League in the group stages this season.

"We have started a new cycle but in order to win the Champions League you need more," he said.

"The lessons of this year will be good for us. We need time, patience and experience."

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