Stop speculating! Roberto Mancini insists Manchester City’s £50million transfer bid for Luis Suarez ‘is not true’

By Dean Wilkins

A tiring Roberto Mancini is dismissing speculation linking Manchester City with a bold move for Liverpool’s controversial striker Luis Suarez.

The Italian boss appeared in his first press conference after losing his temper with reporters following his comments about meeting up with Monaco while managing the Blues.

And after boycotting traditional media meetings, Mancini declared that club have no intentions of launching an audacious £50million for Suarez.

“It is not true, I don’t know,” said the Lazio legend. “For two weeks we talk about Monaco, after (Pep) Guardiola, after another manager, now Suarez, now Mario (Balotelli).

“We have a good team and we don’t need to buy another player in January.

“We can’t buy Suarez or another player because we have four strikers and Suarez plays for Liverpool.”

Speculation surrounding Suarez has been fuelled by Mancini’s rift with Balotelli – who was not even included in the squad for their clash against Tottenham.

“Mario didn’t play because it was my choice,” he added.

“I have 20 players and if there are some players that don’t work well, they don’t deserve to play.

“There were other players that worked better than Mario and they deserve to go on the bench.”

After admitting that he held talks with up to eight clubs before agreeing a five-year deal with City, Mancini lashed out at reporters when asked to clarify what he meant by comments.

Assistant coach David Platt was thrown in front of the media to face press questions, but today Mancini walked out wearing a mask of his colleague’s face.

He asked reporters: “Do you prefer me or David?”

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