Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has reacted to Sunday’s dramatic Manchester Derby defeat by claiming his side are better than Manchester United, but lack the experience of Alex Ferguson’s side.
“United have more experience but we have a much better team and play much better football,” Mancini is reported to have said at a function in Italy on Monday.
Mancini also moved to dispel the rumours that striker Mario Balotelli would be returning to Italy to play with AC Milan during the January transfer window.
“We are waiting for the moment he becomes aware of his talent. That is why he is not for sale,” said Mancini.
Balotelli reacted angrily to being substituted early in the second half after a poor performance on Sunday, Mancini though has long believed that he is the man to help the young striker fulfil his ability.
The City boss also confirmed his interest in Italian based midfielders, Roma’s Daniele De Rossi and Inter Milan’s out of favour Wesley Sneidjer.
“I don’t believe he will leave at this point,” Mancini said of De Rossi.
Dutchman Sneidjer has been apparently frozen out by Inter bosses as he refuses to sign a new contract which mean cut his pay.
Sneidjer has accused the Italian club of ‘blackmailing’ him into signing by refusing to pick him until he aggrees to the revised contract.
The attacking midfielder had been the subject of interest from both Manchester clubs during the summer but Mancini says that he has had no contact with the club of player since then, “We tried to get him in the summer but it ended there.”