Manchester City Manager Roberto Mancini Admits Struggles To Keep Bulging Squad Happy

Shay Given set for League Cup start if fit...
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has admitted "it is impossible" to keep every star in his bulging squad happy.

Mancini, 45, invested heavily in players again this summer and brought in James Milner, Mario Balotelli, Yaya Toure, David Silva, Jerome Boateng and Aleksandar Kolarov. The Italian will get a chance to relieve the tension among his lesser lights when they travel to West Bromwich Albion for tomorrow night's League Cup third-round tie.

Speaking to reporters before the game, Mancini stated he couldn't keep everyone happy at the ambitious Eastlands outfit

"It's impossible that all the players are happy," he was quoted as saying by The Mirror.

"This is normal. In every club, 11 players are happy and the others unhappy.

"This is correct because if one player doesn't play and is happy, he's crazy. It's important he's unhappy and it's important he continues to work because it's important I can change my mind."

Mancini also revealed that usurped goalkeeper Shay Given was set to start at the Hawthorns if he recovers from a toe injury and that he hoped to retain the Republic of Ireland international's services.

He added: "If Shay is available, he will play.

"Yesterday he had a problem in his toe. If today he is OK, he will play tomorrow.

"I don't know if he will leave in January. It depends on him. I don't want to create another situation like Sunday when I said that Shay can leave the club if he wants to leave the club.

"We have a good option in him because Shay is an important player, who cost a lot of money. If he stays for me, it's OK and Shay knows this situation.

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