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Saturday 20 December 2014

Mancini yet to discuss new deal

Roberto Mancini
Roberto Mancini

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 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, and added: "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."

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