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Italian insists he is not trying to sign the Dutch star and admits City squad is worse than Manchester United's after Community Shield defeat at Wembley

By Greg Stobart at Wembley

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has ruled out the possibility of signing Inter playmaker Wesley Sneijder this summer.

Reports in Italy over the weekend had suggested that City had agreed a €36 million (£31.4m) deal for the Dutchman but Mancini says Sneijder is not on his radar.

When asked whether City are trying to sign the 27-year-old, Mancini replied: “No, it's not true. Sneijder is an Inter player, we haven't talked about him.”

The Italian admits he does want to make further additions to his squad after City were beaten 3-2 by bitter rivals Manchester United in the Community Shield on Sunday.

United laid down a marker for the season with a stunning second-half performance having been two down at the break and Mancini admits the Red Devils have the strongest squad in the country.

He added: “I think United have the top squad in the Premier League at the moment. They are better than other teams. We need to improve, we need to complete our team and find our best form.

"But United are a top team. I think they played better than us but when you go up 2-0 you need to control the game.

“I think, for us, it's important to understand why we lost this game. We need to have a strong mentality because if we play against another strong squad in the Premier League or Champions League, we need to continue to play football and not dip like we did in the second-half.”

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