Manchester City are facing a losing battle to keep hold of striker duo Edin Dzeko and Carlos Tevez, according to Roberto Mancini.

The Italian tactician has admitted it will not be easy to keep hold of the pair, who are both seeking more regular first-team football than what they were getting at the Etihad Stadium last season.

Tevez's long-term future has been the subject of much speculation, ever since the Argentine fell foul of Mancini after refusing to play for the club in a Champions League clash against Bayern Munich last year.

However, when recently asked about how he was feeling about the new season with City, the 28-year-old revealed he is settled on the blue side of Manchester.

Dzeko has also attracted interest from a number of clubs around Europe with Munich and Juventus both linked with a player that remains very much part of Mancini's first-team plans.

The wealth of City owner Sheikh Mansour means that the club have been linked with high-profile moves for a host of different players, but that doesn't mean Mancini isn't happy with his current crop of stars, though he has set his sights on further additions.

"Both Dzeko and Tevez will stay at City," he explained. "We are a great team and we try to keep all our great players. It won't be easy, but they will stay here.

"We still lack a couple of players to reach (the level of) Real Madrid and Barcelona. Our mentality has to grow season by season."

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