by ‘Ifreke Inyang
Roberto Mancini has penned a new five-year contract with Manchester City, that will keep him at the club till the summer of 2017. The deal is the reward the former Inter Milan boss gets, for leading the club to the Premier League title on the final day of the season, ahead of fierce city rivals, United.
“I am delighted to be able to give all of my efforts to Manchester City for a further five years,” Mancini told the club’s official website. “The opportunity which exists to build on our recent success is enormous. Manchester City is a fantastic football club, from the owner, chairman, Board and the executive team, through to the players, staff and fans. I am very much looking forward to the challenges and excitement ahead.”
Interim Chief Executive Officer, John MacBeath, went on to shower encomiums on the Italian.
“Roberto’s managerial credentials have been well proven in Europe for many years and in leading a team which has won the FA Cup and an unforgettable Barclays Premier League title in successive seasons, his ability to manage in the English domestic game is also undisputed,” MacBeath said.
“This new agreement allows Roberto to focus on the challenge of guiding a team which is capable not only of defending the Premier League title, but one which can compete for European honours.”
The deal, also effectively ends speculations that Mancini was set to take over the coaching of the Russian national team. Ever since Dick Advocaat stepped down after the European Championships, a lot of names have been linked with the vacant post. Tabloids had earlier claimed the Russian Federation, was set to offer Mancini a deal that would blow any offer from City out of the water.