Mancini rules out signing duo
Roberto Mancini has labelled Man City's prospects of landing either Mathieu Flamini or Giorgio Chiellini as "impossible."
Last Updated: 23/01/10 6:57pm
Boss Roberto Mancini has labelled Manchester City's prospects of landing either Mathieu Flamini or Giorgio Chiellini as "impossible."
Big spenders City have been constantly linked with the Serie A pair in recent weeks as Mancini continues to scour his homeland for fresh talent to bring to Eastlands.
Milan midfielder Flamini has been a fringe player at the San Siro this season, but with the Rossoneri fighting for the title Mancini has given up hope of loaning the former Arsenal man.
"Flamini is a good player," he told Manchester Evening News.
"But he is part of a Milan side who are doing very well in Serie A at the moment. They are only six points behind Inter. I don't think he would want to leave that at the moment. For me, Chiellini and Flamini are impossible."
25-year-old Italy international Chiellini would likely be a costly acquisition as Mancini rates him as the best defender his nation has to offer.
"I think it's impossible Chiellini will leave Juventus, because he's their best defender right now. He's the best defender in Italy, probably."
Mancini's search for a new defender has sparked question marks over the long term future of Joleon Lescott, who former City boss Mark Hughes paid £24million for last summer.
The former Everton defender has been criticised for some below-par performances in his debut season at the club, but Mancini maintains he is very much part of his plans when he returns from injury.
"Lescott is training with the physio. Next week, he will probably be ready to train with us," said the Italian.
"I hope he will be in contention to play against Portsmouth or Hull. Lescott is a good, experienced player. I have watched him play in the past, so I know how good he is.
"He has an important part to play in the club's future."