Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has said that he understands his foreign players being homesick and appreciates their situation, but that he is still loving the Barclays Premier League challenge.

The Italian was speaking ahead of the Blues’ first big test of the 2011/2012 season against Manchester United in the FA Community Shield and, in reference to Mario Balotelli and Carlos Tevez, who have both felt unhappy in the city, he discussed the predicament some of his players are in.

Balotelli is the latest City player to say that he was not completely happy with life in the north-west, but Mancini sympathised with his fellow Italian.

“I think he wanted to say that he was missing his family and friends. I spoke with him many times he loves the supporters he loves his teammates he likes playing in the Barclays Premier League," said the manager.

“He is young, he is 21 years old but when you start to play football professionally this situation can happen. If you want to go and play in another country its normal.

“I stay very well with my family, the problem for Mario is that he is alone, because he doesn’t have his family here every day, I can understand this. But my feeling is good here.

“For me the Barclays Premier League is the best championship in Europe, and it’s a fantastic experience for us who come from another country."

Mancini added that Carlos Tevez would be back on Monday, after being ruled out of the derby game, and that the Argentine will remain at the Etihad for the foreseeable future.


“Carlos will come back on Monday the agreement with him was 21 days after Copa America.

“Carlos is a city player a the moment we don’t hear no other news from other teams.”

The Italian is looking forward to bringing his new signing Sergio Aguero onto the pitch this weekend, but added that he may well still be on the bench while he recovers from blisters.

“Sergio is OK he had a problem but for yesterday he had 20 minutes training, but today he should be available.

“I don’t think that he is 100%, but he is fit to come on the bench.”

The Citizens kick-off against Manchester United at Wembley on Saturday at 2:30pm.

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