VAN WON’T BE A SULK­ING SUB

Midweek Sport - - TV GUIDE - By JON WEST

old guard is scared of City’s dra­matic progress.

He added: “I think ev­ery team is wor­ried about Manch­ester City be­cause Manch­ester City in the fu­ture could be­come one of the top clubs in the world.

“But you don’t want to see that ev­ery time an im­por­tant man like Rum­menigge, who is the Bay­ern Mu­nich pres­i­dent and a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of a top club in the world, he says things against us.

“Be­cause there are other teams in Europe that have RAFA VAN DER VAART has vowed not to rock the boat if he re­mains on the Spurs bench.

The Hol­land su­per­star (left) had to sit out games be­cause of a ham­string prob­lem.

And when he was passed fit to play again, boss Harry Red­knapp opted to keep Jer­main De­foe and Em­manuel Ade­bayor up front.

Van der Vaart came on as a sec­ond-half sub in the 3-0 win against Bolton and knows he a prob­lem with Fi­nan­cial Fair Play, not only Manch­ester City. “

Mancini also took aim at Napoli pres­i­dent Aure­lio De Lau­ren­tiis, who mocked City’s mas­sive spend­ing af­ter his club’s vic­tory over the Premier League lead­ers in the last round of matches.

He claimed that City’s own­ers will do all they can to en­sure Napoli don’t get the win they need at Vil­lar­real to clinch sec­ond spot.

But Mancini hit back: “For­tu­nately, Sheikh Man­sour is not Ital­ian, be­cause could be back on the bench at the week­end.

He said: “I could only train once with the group. Then there are some more play­ers the man­ager can pick, so of course I had to start off the bench.

“With re­gards to my in­jury I can say it feels pretty well, up to 100 per cent fit.

“I just have to keep up the hard we are the teach­ers on this, what De Lau­ren­tiis said.

“Sheikh Man­sour is not Ital­ian and I don’t think he is like this.

“De Lau­ren­tiis has to re­spect Vil­lar­real first be­cause I think Vil­lar­real is a se­ri­ous club and when a team plays Cham­pi­ons League, they play al­ways to win.

“And af­ter, to­wards Sheikh Man­sour be­cause he doesn’t know him and Sheikh Man­sour is a very good man and I can’t think about this stupid sit­u­a­tion.” work this week and hope I start the next game.”

Red­knapp is set to off­load mis­fit Ro­man Pav­lyuchenko back to Rus­sia once the trans­fer win­dow re­opens.

It seems the 29-year-old striker has al­ready agreed terms with Loko­mo­tiv Moscow.

A £7.7mil­lion fee could fund a Red­knapp move for Brazil striker Le­an­dro Damiao or Ger­many’s Lukas Podol­ski.

AN­GRY: Mancini

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