Mancini grateful for City support

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Roberto Mancini is convinced that the on-going support of chairman Khaldoon al-Mubarak and owner Sheikh Mansour helped Manchester City win the Premier League this season.

The Citizens clinched the title on goal difference on the last day of the season with an injury-time goal from Sergio Aguero to secure a 3-2 victory against Queens Park Rangers.

The win at the Etihad Stadium last Sunday meant they pipped local rivals, Manchester United, to first place, to the delight of Mancini.

"This is an incredible moment," said the Italian. "We wanted this title and we deserve to win this title. This is for all our supporters, the club, the chairman and the owner."

Mancini, who guided City to their first top-flight crown since 1968, believed the backing he received from the club's hierarchy during their most testing times helped inspire the players to success on the final day.

"We have a fantastic relationship because they are really good men. They even support the team, even in bad moments.

"We won this title for a reason. In the difficult moments like after Arsenal where we were eight points behind, the club and Khaldoon supported me and all the team."

Mancini's next quest is to make City a force to be reckoned with in Europe, and he is keen to strengthen his squad to tackle the continent's elite.

When asked what he believed the next target for City was he replied: "Easy to say - the Champions League."

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