Roberto Mancini hopeful Shay Given will stay at Manchester City as Robinho discusses his Eastlands exit

Italian wants Given to stay, but others look set for exits...
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has revealed that the future of Brazilian forward Robinho is still to be sorted out.

Reports have claimed this week that the club's £32.5m British record signing was discussing a possible move to Turkey but with less than a week remaining in the transfer window the forward has reportedly indicated his preference to move to Italy or Spain.

"We must wait," the City boss told reporters at a press conference in Manchester.

"We have another six days. I think that Robinho has two or three options and he must choose. When Robinho chooses then we'll know where he wants to go.

"I told him if he wants to stay here then he can stay but it's important that if he wants to stay that he plays and works well.

"I have a good relationship with Robinho, but I think that Robinho wants to leave because he wants to play in Italy or Turkey or go back to Spain."

One other player linked with an exit from Eastlands is goalkeeper Shay Given. Mancini claims that he can understand why the Republic of Ireland international would want to depart Eastlands in search of regualr football, but still hopes that the player will choose to remain at City.

"I've always said that if Shay stays for me it's important," Mancini insisted.

"Because I think that we need two good goalkeepers, but Shay must decide. And I say that I can understand if he wants to leave but I hope that he can stay.

"Ten days ago he told me he wanted to play. I can understand that as it's important for a player to play.

"But I think now we have another six days, he must decide. If he wants to stay then it's a good thing."

As for interest in Given, Mancini claimed that there had been no interest from other clubs, stating: "At this point, no."

Lazio have been linked with a loan move for striker Roque Santa Cruz. The City boss conceded that an exit looked likely for the Paraguayan.

He added: "Roque is a fantastic guy and a fantastic player. It is possible he will leave for Lazio or another team."

However, one striker who now seems to have a future at Eastlands despite some well-documented problems settling is Jo.

The Brazilian has spent the majority of his two years at the club on loan elsewhere, but it looks now as though his luck is set to change this season.

"I believe Jo is a good striker. I remember him when he played for CSKA Moscow and I was in charge of Inter Milan. He is a good player," Mancini said.

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