Mancini denies Kjaer link

City boss plays down move for Dane

Kjaer: City speculation

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Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has denied that he is ready to swoop for Palermo defender Simon Kjaer.

The Danish centre-half has been the subject of speculation linking him to a number of major European clubs, including Premier League big spenders City.

But new boss Mancini has played down such reports and insists he is focused on other things.

"For now I am in training with the team and I have to think about other things," he told

"Does the Danish defender interest us? Currently we have other thoughts. We don't think of Kjaer."

The 20-year-old defender moved to the Rosanero for €4million in July last year and has a minimum release fee clause in his contract set at €12million.

He has been in fine form for Palermo so far this season and City's rivals Manchester United are also thought to be trailing him.