Mancini shrugs off swap talk

City boss has not spoken to Liverpool about Carroll-Tevez trade

Andy Carroll: Liverpool striker was linked with a move to Manchester City in exchange for Carlos Tevez

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Roberto Mancini insists he has not spoken to Liverpool regarding a potential swap deal involving Andy Carroll and Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez.

Speculation in recent days has claimed that Liverpool contacted City's football administrator Brian Marwood last week to discuss a potential exchange between the two players before the transfer window closed.

City are understood to have rejected the approach and Mancini says he has not discussed the matter with Marwood as the Premier League leaders continue their efforts to offload Tevez.

"I never heard of this," said Mancini at a press conference on Monday.

"Carroll is a good player, he is young and strong but it would be difficult and I don't think [it is going to happen].

"There was no phone call to me. I don't know if Brian Marwood was involved. I just read it in the newspaper. I didn't speak to Marwood about this.

"My opinion about Carlos is that it is important he finds a good solution because he can stay for a year without playing. It is important that he plays, he is a top player.

"At the moment no, because we have not talked about this with Liverpool. This is a new one for me."

Very happy

Carroll has struggled for form since his £35million move to Anfield from Newcastle United 12 months ago and reports have claimed that Liverpool's approach to City was made without his or his representative's knowledge.

The England international has insisted he is committed to the club and Reds boss Kenny Dalglish is adamant there are no issues with the player.

Dalglish said: "We don't have any problem with any of our players because nobody is going anywhere.

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"Just read what Andy said this morning. He said he's very happy here. He doesn't regret coming here. That's the best reference you can get."

Regarding the speculation, Dalglish added: "We don't need to comment. We've said what's going to happen and it's nothing, so that's us.

"We don't need to get involved to justify what people have said. Ask them to justify it, not us.

"I am not talking about any specific incident but if you are going to do business in any way, shape or form in whatever life it's in, you don't disclose it until it's done, do you?

"As we've said before, and [the chairman] Tom Werner said, there's no point letting the facts interfere with a good story. They said we bought Stewart Downing off YouTube. Do me a favour."