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Roberto Mancini claims Khaldoon Al Mubarak is happy despite crashing out of Champions League

Mancini claims money men are happy with performance at Etihad despite European failure

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UPDATED:

00:23 GMT, 1 December 2012

Roberto Mancini insisted he has been reassured about his future, despite Manchester City once more being forced to deny claims they have approached candidates to replace him.

After a second Champions League failure, there were reports that Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola had been lined up for next season.

Both claims were flatly rejected by well-placed City sources, while Mancini backed up his belief that he will be given more time by revealing the club's owners have told him they were 'disappointed but understanding' about another early Champions League exit.

Happy: Roberto Mancini insists the Manchester City hierarchy are happy with him

Happy: Roberto Mancini insists the Manchester City hierarchy are happy with him

'We didn't do well and for this reason, they are disappointed,' he said. 'But they said they understood it takes time to succeed in the Champions League.

'When you are new to it, you have to work at it and that is what we will do.'

Mourinho's availability is meant to have been discussed with City's director of football Txiki Begiristain, according to one report, while FIFA registered agent Francois Gallardo told a Spanish radio station that Guardiola had signed a pre-contract agreement at The Etihad.

City were dismissive of the claims, with Mancini adding: '(The chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak) is happy with the way we are going in the Premier League and there is still the FA Cup to come.'

He waved away suggestions that the title is already a two-horse race and argued there could yet be a silver lining to City's latest Champions League flop.

Looking up: Mario Balotelli scored his first Premier League goal of the season against Wigan

Looking up: Mario Balotelli scored his first Premier League goal of the season against Wigan

Looking up: Mario Balotelli scored his first Premier League goal of the season against Wigan

'It is difficult to describe it that way, because the season is long and in February, when the Champions League starts again, everything can change,' said Mancini.

'Who else can win it Chelsea, I think. In this moment, I think it is a three-horse race. But we have another 20-odd games to go.

'The finishing line is too far away to say. Last season, in six games, we recovered eight points.

'United are already through in the Champions League. I hope Chelsea stay in it as well, because it could benefit us.

Get in: James Milner also scored as City won 2-0 away in midweek

Get in: James Milner also scored as City won 2-0 away in midweek

'The Premier League is too long and it would mean they would both play more games and that when the Champions League starts again in February, it could all change in the Premier League.'

And after winning only one of his last six meetings with today's opponents Everton, Mancini is tipping David Moyes' side to make next season's Champions League.

'Last year, they were so-so, but Everton have started this season really well,' he said. 'They could end up with a Europa League place, but they have the quality to finish fourth.'

Pep Guardiola will usurp Roberto Mancini at Manchester City and will NOT take Chelsea job, claims FIFA agent

Guardiola will usurp Mancini at City and will NOT take Chelsea job, claims FIFA agent

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UPDATED:

10:46 GMT, 30 November 2012

A FIFA agent has claimed that Pep Guardiola has a preliminary agreement to take over at Manchester City in the summer.

The former Barcelona manager quit the club in the summer in order to take a year out from football and enjoy some time out in New York.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich failed to lure Guardiola to Stamford Bridge after sacking Roberto Di Matteo – instead employing Rafa Benitez on a temporary basis – but City manager Roberto Mancini has also had the figure of Guardiola looming over his spell at the Etihad.

Sabbatical: Pep Guardiola is taking a year's break after quitting Barcelona

Sabbatical: Pep Guardiola is taking a year's break after quitting Barcelona

In the hotseat... but for how long City manager Roberto Mancini (right)

In the hotseat… but for how long City manager Roberto Mancini (right)

The Barclays Premier League champions appointed former Barcelona executive Txiki Begiristain as their director of football in October, to work alongside another former Barcelona chief executive Ferran Soriano.

According to the Mirror, Gallardo has told a Spanish radio station that City are already plotting to replace Mancini.

‘Guardiola has a pre-deal to be the next manager of Manchester City,’ he said. ‘No matter if Milan or whoever make offers to him.’

The agent also claimed that City are looking to replace England No 1 Joe Hart with Barcelona keeper Victor Valdes.

He said: ‘It will be an offer to stun your mind. If I were Barcelona, I would be very concerned.’

Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho is also ready to take over the City hotseat this summer, according to The Sun.

Another option: City could turn to Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho

Another option: City could turn to Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho

The former Chelsea manager's agent, Jorge Mendes, met with Begiristain in Portugal recently, according to the report, which claims the Special One also has the option of taking over at Paris Saint-Germain but would prefer the City job.

Mourinho still has four years of his deal to run at the Bernabeu but is eager to return to England, where he enjoyed huge success with the Blues.

John Terry offered Valencia transfer

Troubled Terry targeted by Valencia in shock January move for Chelsea captain

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UPDATED:

07:53 GMT, 25 October 2012

John Terry has been offered the chance to escape Chelsea and join Valencia in January.

The Blues skipper has endured a torrid time in recent months, having been stripped of the England armband and handed fines from Chelsea and the FA, who also banned him for four matches, for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand.

Terry, 31, is still revered among the Stamford Bridge faithful and has kept the Chelsea captaincy despite the scandal, but has the chance to leave England behind and start again in Spain.

Time to walk away John Terry (right) could be heading for the Chelsea exit

Time to walk away John Terry (right) could be heading for the Chelsea exit

FIFA agent Francois Gallardo claims that Terry has already been offered an 18-month contract at the Mestalla, with the option for another year.

And Gallardo also insists that Terry, whose Chelsea deal expires in 2014, is ready to take up Valencia's offer.

Gallardo told Radio Intereconomia: 'Valencia are negotiating, and I am involved in person, with the signing in the winter transfer market.

'The offer is on his table. The player is out of contract in June and will not renew there for several reasons at Chelsea and he wants to come to Spain.

Leader: Terry remains Chelsea captain despite racially abusing Anton Ferdinand

Leader: Terry remains Chelsea captain despite racially abusing Anton Ferdinand

Gallardo added: 'Terry has problems. They are insulting him and he is not taking it anymore. He asked to leave, not us.

'It’s real. This has been going on for 15 days and two meetings have already took place. The deal is already on his table – a year and a half plus one.

'I think he will accept.'