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Sunday 21 December 2014

Safe for now - but no more cash for Mancini

ROBERTO Mancini retains the backing of the Mansour family - but he will not be given any further cash and must sell Mario Balotelli to raise transfer funds.

Despite Manchester City's exit from the Champions League at the group stage for the second year in a row and increasingly erratic behavior from Mancini (left), the club's owners still believe he is the right man for the job.

However, defeat by Chelsea in the big clash on Sunday at Stamford Bridge could well kick off another round of feverish speculation about his future.

Mancini enjoyed a brief respite because of Chelsea's midweek woes and a very bad week at Stamford Bridge was completed by news that Mark Clattenberg was falsely accused of making racist remarks.

But new Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez is keen to move on and he will start by making a big effort to persuade supporters that his bitter relationship with Stamford Bridge when he was Liverpool boss was simply a sign of his passion for the game.

"If I'm a fan, I'd like to see my manager fighting for my team, my club, and doing almost everything," he said.

"The fans want a top manager who can win trophies. We have something in common. I want to win every single game. I'm sure they will be happy with a manager with this passion for the game, and a manager who will do everything he can to win games."

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