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Mancini demands respect

Roberto Mancini has reacted angrily to questions about his commitment after being asked to pledge his loyalty to Manchester City.

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The Italian was reported to have agreed a deal with Monaco last season before opting to stay at City when they won the Premier League title.

And in his Friday press conference ahead of Saturday's goalless draw at West Ham Mancini did not deny it, claiming - seemingly jokingly that he was close to seven or eight other jobs.

But when asked to clarify his comments, the City manager raised his voice and insisted people should have enough respect for him not to ask.

He said: "I don't understand why you continue to ask me. Why? This is finished. I stay here because I work here. We won three trophies in two years.

"I am polite because I answered your questions. I didn't answer [then] because I was there to talk about West Ham. Every year I can have two or three new situations where I can go. We won three trophies in two years. You should have respect for this, for me, for the club."

Mancini said owner Sheikh Mansour and chairman Khaldoon al Mubarak were upset about City's Champions League form.

The Premier League champions have lost to Real Madrid and Ajax and drawn with Borussia Dortmund, putting them on the brink of elimination when they face the Dutch side for the second time on Tuesday.

He added: "They are upset for this but this is normal, like me. I don't think they are happy. For me, to work with these people is fantastic. They always support the team. To have an owner or chairman like this is very important. When I lose or take one point against West Ham I am disappointed." Mancini has a depleted squad to pick from for the meeting with Ajax, with the manager expecting to be without seven players.

"It is better to say the 11 players we have than the injuries," he said. "We have Joleon [Lescott], Micah [Richards], Jack [Rodwell], probably James [Milner], 90% James, Kolo can't play and [David] Silva. Maicon is ok but he is not ready to play."

Toure is ineligible after he was not registered for City's European campaign. Silva, Rodwell and Milner all have hamstring injuries while Lescott has a back problem, Richards is sidelined by his knee and Maicon has been out because of his foot and his ankle.


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