Manchester City quiet on reports Roberto Mancini spoke with Monaco
Manchester City have not commented on reports that manager Roberto Mancini held talks with Monaco last season.
Last Updated: 01/11/12 8:32pm
Mancini signed a new five-year contract at City in the summer after capturing the Premier League title on a thrilling final day of the season.
However, reports have claimed that, in the months leading up to City's first league crown in 44 years, the Italian was also in talks with Monaco.
It is claimed that Mancini held extensive talks with Monaco and that the ambitious Ligue 2 side were convinced the 47-year-old would sign a big-money contract.
Monaco's Russian billionaire owner Dmitry Rybolovlev is determined to lead the club back into the top flight and Mancini was reportedly top of his wanted list.
Mancini's compatriot, and former Chelsea manager, Claudio Ranieri was eventually appointed Monaco coach on a two-year contract.
Neither City nor Mancini have commented on the reported talks with Monaco, while the former Inter Milan boss had also been mooted as a candidate for the Russia national team position before he signed his new contract in the summer.
He has enjoyed considerable success at City since succeeding Mark Hughes in December 2009 and oversaw the end of the club's 35-year trophy drought by guiding them to their FA Cup win in 2011.
Mancini then masterminded that first league crown in 44 years last season, but is still waiting to make an impact in the UEFA Champions League.