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Players could still end up at Eastlands...

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has refused to throw in the towel in the chase for James Milner and Mario Balotelli and is hopeful of landing the duo.

The Blues manager has been linked with the players all summer, but struggled to agree a fee with Aston Villa and Inter respectively. This hasn't put off the Italian, and speaking at a press conference after an open training session at Eastlands, he insisted the push would continue until the close of the transfer window at the end of the month.

"We have 20 days until the end of the market and now we are speaking with these players," Mancini stated.

Asked if he was hopeful of landing the pair, Mancini replied: "Yes."

City's £75 million summer spending spree has boosted their squad numbers past the 25-mark laid down in new Premier League regulations. Mancini wasn't looking forward to cutting some first-team regulars from the list.

"This for me will be difficult. But, the first reason is we must do a list with 25 players and at this moment we have 31 players here," he said.

"Some players must remain out of the list."

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