Mancini wary of sales
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Mancini is confident that both players will remain at his disposal for the rest of the campaign, but conceded that the Rome club's difficult financial situation meant that sales could not be ruled out.
The Lazio coach is aware that he lost star performer Hernan Crespo just before the summer transfer window closed, and is wary of a repeat performance.
"Don't forget what has happened before," Mancini told skysports.com.
"It was the very last day of the summer market when I lost two players like Alessandro Nesta and Hernan Crespo.
"They were fundamental in my team, but I had to do without them.
"This time, I will not talk about it until the window is closed."
Mancini also took the opportunity to dismiss continued speculation linking him with Inter, insisting that the Milan club's interest in signing former Lazio target David Pizarro has nothing to do with him possibly taking over at Giuseppe Meazza in the future.
"It's true we wanted Pizarro and had reached an agreement, but then the deal collapsed," continued the Stadio Olimpico chief.
"The fact Inter want him now has nothing to do with me.
"I feel very good in Rome and I hope to stay, but it also depends on how the club's financial situation develops."
Meanwhile, Inter have swooped to sign Swedish midfield starlet Martin Bengtsson.
The 18-year-old has put pen-to-paper on a two-year deal and joins the Nerazzurri from Orebro FK.
The teenager is expected to join Inter's youth team as he bids to build himself a career in Italy.