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City hand Mancini vote of confidence

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Manchester City chief executive Ferran Soriano has offered his backing to manager Roberto Mancini.

It has been widely reported that City have been considering alternative options for next season, with Mancini having failed to deliver any measure of success in the Champions League and with little prospect of retaining the Premier League title.

However, the club's first-team coach, David Platt, recently insisted that there is "an appreciation of Roberto from the supporters and the owners", and Soriano has now given the Italian some public backing.

"Mancini is a champion," he told Gazzetta dello Sport. "There is nothing more to say. Anyway, it is not easy to win back-to-back titles in any league, especially the Premier League."

Soriano, who arrived at Eastlands in August after having previously worked at Barcelona, also said he believed City were bringing their finances in line with the requirements of UEFA's Financial Fair Play.

"In the last three years there have been losses of £200 million, then of £100 million and now there is a 'red line' of £50 million [imposed by UEFA], but we have also invested £150 million for the infrastructure of our youth system," he said, referring to the Etihad Campus. "It's a fantastic project, focusing on financial sustainability."

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