Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini appears resigned to losing out in the race to sign Robin van Persie this summer.
Along with local rivals United and Juventus, City are one of the clubs interested in Van Persie, who last month said he would not be signing a new contract with Arsenal.
However, the prospects of the Holland international joining the Barclays Premier League champions now look remote with Mancini admitting he does not expect to have the player in his ranks next season.
The Italian was quoted as saying by various newspapers: "Van Persie? No, I don't think he will come here."
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