Manchester City Boss Roberto Mancini: I Wanted To Sign Carlos Tevez At Inter

'Mancio' reveals long-time interest in City's hat-trick hero...

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has admitted that he tried to bring in Carlos Tevez during his reign at Inter.

The Argentine scored a hat-trick against Blackburn Rovers on Monday night in a 4-1 win that put the Eastands club in fourth place, above Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa.

The treble at the City of Manchester Stadium means that the former Manchester United ace has now scored seven goals in the last five games for his club, taking his overall tally to 15 for the season.

And Mancini has consequently conceded that he once attempted to lure 'El Apache' to the Serie A.

"I don't know the whole story," said Mancini, concerning the player's controversial move from Old Trafford, according to the Press Association.

"But when I was in Italy and watched him on TV I thought Carlos was a good player.

"I wanted him to come to Inter. I asked about him. But of course, there was no chance because he was at United.

"To score three goals, three very good goals, for us is very special but everyone knows how good he is."

Adithya Ananth, UK