Manchester City deny ex-Barcelona boss approach

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Manchester City have reportedly quashed talk that former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola could soon take over from Roberto Mancini at the Etihad Stadium.

Former Barcelona technical director Txiki Begiristain joined the Premier League champions over the weekend, following in the footsteps of Ferran Soriano who was announced as Garry Cook’s replacement as Chief Executive back in August.

That has lead to speculation Guardiola could be approached to take over from current Citizens boss Roberto Mancini, who has come in for criticism recently for overseeing his side’s two defeats and one draw in the Champions League so far this term.

Manchester City have also failed to find the form that helped them claim a maiden Premier League crown last term, although with Manchester United’s victory over Chelsea on Sunday they now sit just one point off the top of the table.

However Mancini was handed a new five year deal at the Etihad Stadium earlier this year and ESPN report that someone close to the club has confirmed there are no plans to replace the Italian any time soon.

“Roberto has won three trophies in two-and-a-half years and was given a new five-year contract in the summer, and that would not have happened if the powers that be thought they had the wrong manager,” a source told the website.

“No, this is not about the manager, as some mischief-makers might assume. The possible recruitment of another former Barcelona man, that is just not what is going on here”

City face West Ham in the Premier League next weekend, before they get the chance to kick-start their European campaign with a home tie against Ajax four days later.

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