Mancini: Manchester City need reinforcements

The Italian boss is looking to improve his squad for next season after struggling to maintain their blistering start and falling behind Manchester United in the title race

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has insisted that he must be given access to a large transfer kitty in the summer if his side are to win the Premier League next season.

The City boss has spent a staggering £210million in the past two years and still feels the need to spend heavily to improve his side, with Lille pair Eden Hazard and Lucas Digne on his wish list.

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Mancini has seen his side drop away from the summit of the Premier League due to the absence of key defenders and midfielders to injury and international duty, and does not wish to see fate repeating itself next season.

The 47-year-old wants to ensure his team are not caught short in the title race next year, telling The Sun on Sunday: “We lost Yaya and Kolo Toure for the African Nations Cup, had some injuries and lost Vincent Kompany, Joleon Lescott and Sergio Aguero in the last two games.

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“Maybe next year if we lose two important players, we can have another two good players and we can change.

“We finished our job to build a strong team. Now it’s enough to put in three or four more players with a strong mentality.”

If City are to lure Hazard to the Etihad they will have to fight of stiff competition from the likes of Tottenham and Arsenal. Digne, 18,  is seen as a future star, with Mancini keen to snap him up as soon as possible.