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are some play­ers that have a good chance to go and play, not in the Premier League but in the Cham­pi­onship, but don’t, for play­ers it’s im­por­tant to play foot­ball.

“I don’t know why you would stay at a club where you know you can’t play.


“When we are young and start to play foot­ball, we don’t play for the money, we play be­cause we like foot­ball.

“Wayne had two or three chances in the sum­mer, in­clud­ing play­ing for Celtic, which is an im­por­tant team.”

Mancini is con­fi­dent that Edin Dzeko will over­come a knock to fea­ture tonight as City look to be top at Christ­mas for the first time since 1929.

Stoke boss Tony Pulis KENNY DAL­GLISH has warned Wi­gan that Liver­pool have threats all over the pitch – not just up front.

Lat­ics boss Roberto Martinez ad­mit­ted his prepa­ra­tions for Liver­pool’s visit had been up in the air be­cause of Luis Suarez’s FA hear­ing.

Martinez said it was “im­pos­si­ble” to pre­dict whether Suarez would play at the DW Sta­dium as a ver­dict was due af­ter the striker was charged with mak­ing racial re­marks.

But Dal­glish said: “I don’t think Luis Suarez is the only player he has to worry about be­cause there are a few oth­ers.”

Mean­while, Martinez in­ists Wi­gan can cause an­other sur­prise in their “month of death” – and dam­age Liver­pool’s top-four chances.

Martinez al­ways knew De­cem­ber was go­ing to be tough when the fix­ture threw up a triple headache against Chelsea, Liver­pool and Manch­ester United.

But hav­ing earned a su­perb 1-1 draw against Chelsea on Satur­day, Martinez is con­fi­dent his Wi­gan troops can carry on the run.

Af­ter Liver­pool at home they face United at Old Traf­ford on Box­ing Day.

Martinez said: “I said at the start of the sea­son this was go­ing to be a month of death.

“When you look at our games, you can see the fix­ture com­puter is not a Wi­gan fan.

“It wanted us to have a very dif­fi­cult Christ­mas pe­riod.

“It’s go­ing to be a hard chal­lenge against Liver­pool and even harder away at Manch­ester United.”

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