City plan to keep Johnson

Mancini to hold talks with Wright-Phillips over winger's future

Last Updated: 30/07/11 6:32pm

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Roberto Mancini insists Adam Johnson will not be allowed to leave Manchester City, but plans to hold talks with Shaun Wright-Phillips over his future at the club.

England winger Johnson has been linked with season-long loan moves to Everton and Sunderland after finding himself in and out of Mancini's starting line-up last term.

Fellow wide-man Wright-Phillips, meanwhile, is a target for Bolton Wanderers and Wigan Athletic after starting just two games in the Premier League last season.

Mancini believes both players are important to City, however, he appeared to open the door to Wright-Phillips' exit after admitting the 29-year-old deserves to play on a regular basis.

Difficult

"Adam Johnson, sure 100%," replied Mancini when asked if the winger, Gareth Barry and Wright-Phillips are important for the first team after the trio started the Dublin Cup win over an Airtricity XI.

"Gareth is the same, but Shaun is a different question.

"He was born in Man City, he is an important player for Man City. For me, it's difficult to put him on the bench.

"A player like Shaun deserves to play every game because he's a strong player. But now, we have so many players it's not easy for him.

"I need to speak with him in the next days. It's difficult because Shaun is a good guy."

When asked if he would allow Johnson to leave City, Mancini replied: "No."

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