Manchester City coach Roberto Mancini watched Atletico Madrid run out 2-1 winners over Malaga on Sunday, but has insisted that he was not scouting Radamel Falcao.
Speculation in Spain was rife when Mancini appeared at the match, with the local media claiming that he was at Vicente Calderon to keep tabs on the Colombian and Malaga stars Isco and Eliseu. Falcao, who has also been linked with Chelsea, has enjoyed a blistering start to the campaign, hitting 12 goals in just seven games so far. Mancini has claimed that he was in Spain to watch his son, Andrea, though.
"I am here to see my son who played in Valladolid," he told reporters.
Atletico Madrid president, Enrique Cerezo, also played down Mancini’s presence at the match, while insisting that his side is not panicked over the interest its star player is garnering.
"We know that Mancini has come to watch, but we are calm on the subject of Falcao," Cerezo told reporters before joking, "I suppose Mancini is here to look for a house in Malaga."