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City boss spoilt for choice in striking department

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Roberto Mancini remains content about his prospects for the coming season, as he considers the formidable list of Manchester City strikers who are all vying for position.

The Citizens pulled off an impressive 3-0 win against Inter Milan, but the Italian only has eyes for the upcoming derby game against long-standing rivals Manchester United, who they take on in the FA Community Shield on August 7.

"It has been a good weekend but I hope next weekend is too," Mancini said. "It was not an important game, it was only important for us because we want to put 90 minutes in our legs for next week's game.

"Two games in two days is very difficult but most of the players got some more time on the pitch and that is important. It was important mostly that we prepare well for next game."

Two of Manchester City's strikers, Mario Balotelli and Edin Dzeko, scored at the weekend in the victory, and Mancini was happy to discuss his options.

 

"I was happy with how Mario Balotelli played and I think if Mario plays this season as he did this afternoon he can be an important player for us," he continued.

"Mario played like he should play every game. He has class, he has technique - he has everything. Edin Dzeko can score a lot too.”

Mancini was also keen for Carlos Tevez to return to training to fuel the competition at the front, and is hopeful the Argentine will join Sergio Aguero amongst the Citizens ranks next term.

"When Carlos comes back to training on Thursday we will have four strikers fighting for the shirts," Mancini said.

"That's good for us. When you are playing in four competitions, we need that competition, we need those players. Players fighting for the shirt is a good thing."

One striker who may be scoring elsewhere is Craig Bellamy. Mancini was keen not to hold the Welsh international back from first team football, and confirmed that a loan deal was on the cards following last season's spell at Cardiff City.

"It is possible that there have been conversations about Craig Bellamy between us and Celtic," Mancini continued.

"I met Craig two days ago at Carrington. I spoke with him for ten minutes. It was a friendly conversation - everything was normal. What I said two days ago was that if Celtic want Craig, he is a good player and I think he can go.

"He is a good striker and needs to be playing. Celtic are a good team. I would let him go on loan, because Craig deserves to play and he deserved to play for a good team. If they want him, sure."

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