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Manchester City were handed great news today when their Italian manager signed a contract extension with the club that will keep him at the Etihad till 2017 putting an end to rumours that the Russian National team wanted the Italian for their vacant managerial post. Mancini seems to have been rewarded for his excellent work which saw him win the FA Cup in his first season full season in-charge, and then the Premier League title last year to cap off their most successful season in more than four decades.
Mancini expressed his delight on signing the Â£7.5 million per year deal that makes him the highest paid manager in the Premier League. The Italian superstar told the club's official website that, "I am delighted to be able to give all of my efforts to Manchester City for a further five years. 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."
Manchester City's Interim Chief Executive Officer also expressed his delight by stating, "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. 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 Citizens can now focus on their title defence knowing that their manager is staying put. One really does need to give it up for Mancini, especially how he managed to keep things together with his handling of volatile players in Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli.
Conquering Europe will no doubt be the next target, and the offer of a 5-year deal is a clear indication of how much faith the owners have in the talented Italian.
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