Mancini moves to Spanish third division! That's Andrea, Roberto's teenage son
11:41 GMT, 31 July 2012
Former Manchester City striker and son of club boss Roberto, Andrea Mancini, has signed for Spanish third tier side Valladolid B.
The 19-year-old was released by the English champions at the end of last season after loan spells at Oldham and Italian side Fano, and has signed a one-year deal with the reserve side of the newly-promoted Primera Division club.
That does mean, though, that Mancini is eligible to play in La Liga should he be called upon, and he is desperate to get his chance to play in the Spanish top flight.
Moving on: Andrea Mancini (left) has sign for a team in Spain's third division
My own: The 19-year-old wants to build his own reputation beyond that of his father Roberto
He told AS: 'It is something very important for me. Valladolid is a good team in the Spanish league and I am going to have to work hard.
'I have to win my chance in the youth team to play in the Primera with Valladolid, but if I work hard I don't see any reason why it can't happen.
'My great-grandmother, who died when I was a child, always told me she was from Valladolid although I personally don't know the city.
'However, it seems very nice and the stadium and infrastructure are excellent. It is clear this is a team that belongs to the Spanish league.'
Andrea is also determined to prove his name in its own right rather than being known as Roberto's son, but admitted his father had given him some advice on his move.
'The name is a huge weight,' he said. 'My father was a fantastic player and is a great coach too, but I want to work and to vindicate myself. I hope that one day they will remember me as Andrea Mancini.
'I am sure my dad will follow my progress closely, although he won't be able to come and watch me. My dream would be to debut in the first game of the season with Valladolid and that my dad could come to the stadium.
'He told me to take advantage of such a big opportunity to play in a team in the Spanish league, to work harder than anyone and improve as a player, to listen to the coach and learn from the experience.'