Dutch legend plays down Manchester City link

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Feyenoord manager Ronald Koeman says he knows nothing about rumours of a role at Manchester City.

Sky Sports reports how the 49-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to England, after impressing during his time in the Eredivisie.

The Dutch legend is believed to have been identified as a successor to Roberto Mancini at the Etihad Stadium, after Manchester City sporting director Txiki Begiristain recommended the former Barcelona player. 

Koeman guided Feyenoord to a second-placed finish in 2011/12, and was swiftly handed a new long-term contract in the summer.

Previous managerial stints at Vitesse Arnhem, AZ Alkmaar, Ajax, PSV Eindhoven, Benfica and Valencia have made Koeman one of the most highly-rated coaches in Europe, and as such it's only natural for his name to be linked with other jobs.

"Players who develop into internationals are in the spotlight, and it is logical that people look at trainers also," he told Voetbal International.

"But I have nothing else to say, because I simply do not know about [Manchester City's] reported interest."

Mancini finds himself under increasing pressure at the Etihad Stadium following Manchester City's group stage exit of the Champions League, and their dwindling Premier League title challenge, as they sit 12 points behind leaders Manchester United with ten games remaining.


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