Scott Sinclair looks set to leave Manchester City, less than a year after making his £6.2m switch from Swansea.
The English winger has struggled for first-team football this campaign, having been restricted to a mere 69 minutes of Premier League action.
Mancini told ESPN: “Scott is young and he has good quality but this year was difficult for him. It is better if he can have another solution.”
Sinclair is understood to be looking for a transfer in the summer, with a move to his former club reported to be interested in securing his services.
Sky Blues chief Mancini continued: “This situation with Sinclair is difficult because I didn’t give him a lot of chances to play. He is very unlucky.
“It is my fault, not his fault. A young player like Scott who is a good player deserves to play always. For him, it was a really difficult year.”
It is safe to assume, then, that Sinclair’s future does not lie in Manchester. Two league starts – both before Christmas – is hardly the impact the English winger would have expected to have made when he initially joined the club.
Ironically, Mancini’s men face Sinclair’s old club this weekend, with the Italian hopeful that City can seal second place in the Premier League.
“If we can win we have a chance to play the young players and also the players who play for the second team. For us, it could be important for the future.”
There are no new injury concerns for City, and a strong team is expected to line up against the Swans at the Liberty Stadium.