Roberto Mancini has explained just why he was watching Atletico Madrid’s 2-1 win over Malaga on Sunday.
The Italian was said to be at the Vicente Calderon in order to run the rule over Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao, while also keeping an eye on Malaga starlet Isco.
However the Manchester City boss denies he was in Spain in order to assess the talented pair ahead of a potential January swoop, and instead offered a more realistic explanation for his presence in Spain.
"I am here to see my son (Andrea) who played in Valladolid’, he explained.
While Madrid’s financial problems are well known, club president Enrique Cerezo has laughed off the presence of the Manchester City manager at the game.
"We know that Roberto Mancini has come to watch but we are calm on the subject of Falcao. I suppose Mancini is here to look for a house in Malaga!" he joked.
While Mancini insists there is no truth in the rumours that he is trying to lure Falcao to Manchester City, the Colombian striker is certainly attracting interest from the Premier League, with Chelsea and Arsenal linked with a move for him.
Falcao has scored an extraordinary eleven goals in seven games this season in all competitions, including a sublime hat-trick against Chelsea in the Super Cup.
Despite the presence of one £50 million striker in their ranks Chelsea are not believed to have been put off by Falcao’s reported release clause, which is believed to be in the same region as the fee they paid for Fernando Torres in 2011.
However while Chelsea’s interest in Falcao is long standing Manchester City have the financial clout to persuade Madrid to sell up, and are unlikely to flinch at the presence of his third party owners at the negotiating table.