Mancini admits Kolarov liking

City boss admits admiration of defender amid bid speculation

Kolarov: Attracting interest

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Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has confirmed his admiration of Lazio's Aleksandar Kolarov amid speculation of a bid.

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The Serbian defender has been linked with a number of top European sides after catching the eye with his performances in Serie A over the past couple of seasons.

Real Madrid are believed to be keen on the player, while the Light Blues are thought to have offered €18m (£14.88m).

Lazio president Claudio Lotito has previously insisted the player is going nowhere but reports claim he has now decided on a price-tag of €22m (£18.18m).

When asked about City's interest in Kolarov, Mancini told Radio Sei: "He is a very good player too. He is young. He has improved and can still improve."