Manchester City won't axe Roberto Mancini this summer

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Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al-Mubarak has confirmed Roberto Mancini will remain as the club manager despite failing to clinch fourth place and a place at the Champions League.

It had been thought the Italian tactician, who only replaced Mark Hughes in December, could be axed after City's Champions League dream ended on Wednesday night.

Hughes was sacked because he was not on course for the club's 70-point target, but City's 1-0 loss to Tottenham Hotspur means the Eastlands outfit will only reach 69 if they win their final game at West Ham on Sunday.

"There is no speculation," Al-Mubarak told the club's official website.

"Roberto has done an excellent job. I am very happy and Sheikh Mansour is delighted with the way he has organised the team.

"With a good pre-season to prepare for next season he (Mancini) is going to do a wonderful job for us next season and for many years.

"I have the highest regard for him as a human being and as a person and believe he is definitely the right manager for this club for many years."

He added: "We made a big leap last year. It is a different team now, especially in the last couple of months.

"This is a much more organised team. Roberto is driven and committed. He has a winning mentality. He wants to achieve things and has the interests of the club at heart.

"What he needs this summer is time to prepare. We know the areas which need to be improved and the manager will be given all the tools he needs to be well prepared for next season."

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