VAN WON’T BE A SULKING SUB
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.