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Mancini unsure over RVP deal

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has appeared to suggest that he is unlikely to sign Arsenal forward Robin van Persie this summer.

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City have been strongly linked with a swoop for Van Persie, whose future is uncertain having entered the final 12 months of his contract at Arsenal.

Mancini, though, has played down suggestions a deal is in the offing, telling Sky Sport Italia: "Van Persie? He is an Arsenal player and I don't want to disrespect Wenger.

"We have four strikers and we will start the pre-season in five days. It's unlikely there will be major changes in such a short time."

Mancini went on to offer clarity over the futures of Aleksandar Kolarov and Edin Dzeko, both of whom have been linked with exits, with Juventus said to be keen on the latter.

"Dzeko's farewell is not expected," Mancini said. "The interest of Juventus for him? It will be difficult that Edin goes away.

"Kolarov? I myself wanted him to City. He is a great player. If it depends on me, he would remain at the City. I'd love to have him again in the next season but I cannot impose myself on his will."

Mancini concluded with apparent confirmation that Carlos Tevez will be staying at the Etihad Stadium, adding: "Tevez will remain, unless he wants to change team."

Tevez infamously refused to warm-up as a substitute for City in the Champions League and subsequently went six months without playing for the side before returning to play a role in their title success.

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