Roberto Mancini demands respect for delivering success at Manchester City
Last Updated: November 5, 2012 7:14pm
Roberto Mancini says his Manchester City record demands respect rather than persistent speculation about his future.
The Italian admitted recently he held talks with "seven or eight" clubs before signing a new City contract in the summer - weeks after delivering a first English title since 1968.
And questioned over his revelation ahead of Tuesday's key UEFA Champions League game against Ajax, a clearly irritated Mancini rounded on reporters.
He said: "I don't understand why you continue to ask me about a move. Why? This is finished.
"I stay here because my work is here. I worked for two years. I built with the chairman and the owner, this team. We won three trophies in two years. For 50 years we didn't win. Never.
"I am polite because I answered your questions. Every year I can have two or three new situations where I can go.
"When you have a new team, the strong work is the first two years. We won three trophies in two years, you should have respect for this, for me, for the club."
The Italian has already admitted City need "a miracle" to salvage their Champions League campaign after taking just one point from their opening three group games and has dismissed their chances of being genuine contenders for the title
And he pointed to Chelsea's decade-long struggle to lift Europe's elite trophy as he warned supporters they could face a long wait for the ultimate piece of silverware.
"I don't think that we are ready to win the Champions League," Mancini said. "If we say this, we are not honest.
"We are a good team. We are not ready like the other teams.
"Chelsea tried for 10 years to win the Champions League. They were probably the best team in Europe for 10 years and they won it after 10 years, probably when they didn't deserve to.
"They deserved to win it three or four years before. The Champions League is like this.
"If we are very good, we are fantastic, we win the next three games, everything can happen. But, before, the way is very long."