Mancini in it for the long haul

MANCHESTER CITY vs VILLARREAL

MANCHESTER CITY manager Roberto Mancini is intent on staying at the club beyond the length of his current contract, which expires at the end of next season.

The Italian has presided over City’s best start to a league campaign since 1897 having secured the club’s first piece of major silverware for 35 years with last season’s FA Cup victory.

“I would like to stay here for many years in the future but it is not important, my contract,” the 46-year-old, who succeeded Mark Hughes in December 2009, said. “After this year I have one more year and I don’t have a problem with this. I haven’t talked to the club but it is not important.”

“My feeling here is good,” Mancini said. “I would like to stay here but in football every week it can change. If you lose two or three games, that can change – but we are working well.”

Though all is set fair on the domestic front, City have made a less than auspicious start to their debut season in Europe’s premier club competition.

A draw at home to Napoli was followed by defeat in Munich and a win is essential against Villarreal at the Etihad Stadium tonight.

To that end City were boosted by the news that top goalscorer Sergio Aguero came through a training session yesterday having not featured since injuring his groin against Blackburn earlier this month.