Mancini coy on summer plans

first_img He added: “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 when asked about it at his press conference to preview this weekend’s Premier League trip to Swansea, saying he expected the summer market to be competitive. 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 and several City players have been linked with possible exits. Winger Scott Sinclair has been linked with a return to his former club Swansea and Mancini has conceded his future could lie elsewhere. The 24-year-old has struggled to catch the eye of Mancini and started just three games since his £6.2million move from the Liberty Stadium last August. 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. A young player like Scott who is a good player deserves to play always. “For him, it was a really difficult year this year.” 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 a bid to reclaim lost ground next term. Mancini missed 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. Mancini even joked that he may not be the right person ask, given the amount of speculation there has been over his own future throughout the season. He said: “You want to speak with me, with Pellegrini, with Guardiola, with Mourinho, with who?” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

IT’S OFFICIAL – DONEGAL V DUBLIN IS A SELL OUT

first_imgThis man sold out Croker five times over, and the clash between Donegal and Dublin is also a sell out.The GAA have officially confirmed that the All-Ireland semi-final between Donegal and Dublin is a sell out.It’s been speculated for weeks that the game would attract the maximum capacity at Croke Park which is 82,300.And earlier this afternoon the GAA officially confirmed that there was no tickets left available for the match which is one of the most highly anticipated clashes in the GAA in recent years. It’s the first football game to sell out HQ since last year’s All-Ireland final between Dublin and Mayo.The game will provide two very contrasting styles of play.Dublin’s attacking style of play has won many plaudits, while Donegal’s blanket defence approach has received widespread criticism, despite the fact they’ve secured three Ulster titles and one All-Ireland playing that way.The fact both counties meet in the MFC All-Ireland semi-final adds spice to the occasion, as if it needed anymore. Sunday promises to be a cracking encounter, and the 82,300 in attendance will certainly enjoy the fanfare on offer.NOTHING BEATS BEING THERE!   IT’S OFFICIAL – DONEGAL V DUBLIN IS A SELL OUT was last modified: August 29th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CrokerdonegaldublinGAAnewssell-outSportlast_img read more