Galatasaray moved the goalposts on me, claims Mancini

The Italian says that he left the club due to a dispute concerning their future plans and backs striker Didier Drogba to perform at the top level for another season
Roberto Mancini has revealed his reasons for leaving his role as coach of Galatasaray just eight months after joining the Turkish giants.

The Italian's departure from the club by mutual consent was confirmed on Wednesday and the former Inter and Manchester City boss claims that he left the club due to a dispute over their future direction.

"The targets were changed from those set in October when I arrived so, by mutual agreement, we decided to terminate our relationship," the 49-year-old told Sky Sport Italia.

"We had a good relationship for those eight months. I had a great time in Instanbul."

The Italian also backed 36-year-old Didier Drogba, who has confirmed that he will also leave the club, to have a big impact wherever the Ivorian decides to play his football next season.

"Drogba is a great guy and can make the difference, if not for 50 games," said the ex-City manager.

"I don't know if Juventus or any other teams are interested in him but, for 20-25 games, he can still make the difference. Time catches up with everyone but he can still be useful."

Mancini claimed the Turkish Cup and finished the league campaign as runners-up to Fenerbahce during his short stay with the club and has been linked with a return to former sides Sampdoria and Lazio.