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The 47 year-old Italian looks set to extend his stay at Eastlands beyond the end of next season, with the club keen to retain the services of the title-winning manager

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini is in talks with the club's owners over extending his current deal that expires at the end of next season, according to The Guardian.

The Italian boss is currently in Abu Dhabi to discuss the club's potential transfer targets next season as he looks to move swiftly to avoid a repeat of last summer's Samir Nasri move and any protracted sagas that could potentially hamper the team's pre-season plans.

While Mancini is there with first-team coach David Platt, director of football administration Brian Marwood and acting chief exceutive John McBeath, fresh talks over a new deal are thought to have been started.

The former Inter Milan manager currently has 12 months to run on his £3.5m-a-year contract and is thought to be angling for a pay rise to bring his annual salary up to something closer to the £5m mark.

City's chairman, Khaldoon al-Mubarak, is known to be an admirer of Mancini's work and after the club's title triumph, he remains in a strong bargaining position, with a three or four year deal mooted.

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