Manchester City manager Mancini heading back to Italy to care for sick father
08:09 GMT, 17 April 2012
Roberto Mancini has been travelling back to Italy to care for his sick father in between vital Premier League games.
Manchester City manager Mancini is worried about his dad Aldo, who has gone down hill in recent months after he appeared to have made a full recovery from a heart attack in 2010.
Mancini is believed to have kept his concerns from his players as they try to close a five-point gap to leaders Manchester United at the top of the Premier League.
Concerned: Roberto Mancini (centre) goes back to Italy to see his father
But he has informed assistants David Platt and Brian Kidd and backroom staff Attilio Lombardo, Fausto Salsano and Ivan Carminati.
Mancini has made use of a private jet to return to his homeland and a source told Goal.com: 'City have given Roberto fantastic support and they have complete understanding of his situation. In the last few weeks he has been backwards and forwards to Italy to be at the bedside of his father.'
The source added: 'Roberto is trying to be a father to Mario Balotelli and at the same time be a son to his own father.
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'It is all quite a strain on him and a remarkable testimony of his professionalism and desire to win the title that he is handling it so well and even continuing to go on scouting missions for new players.
'It also explains his reluctance to get involved in mind games with [Sir Alex] Ferguson. He is simply too exhausted.'