12 August 2012 19:22
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has warned new signing Jack Rodwell he must improve to play at the highest level.
City announced on Sunday they had agreed a fee with Everton, believed to be around 18 million pounds, to lure the 21-year-old to the Etihad Stadium.
But speaking after City’s 3-2 win over Chelsea in the Community Shield at Villa Park, Mancini described Rodwell as a player for the future who must get used to competing for trophies.
“Jack Rodwell is a young player who needs to improve to play at this level,” said Mancini.
“He’s a good player for our future, I hope. I liked Jack last season and for this reason we bought him.
“He’s doing a medical at this moment. I think he’s a good player, he’s young and it’s the first time he’ll play to win things. It will be difficult for him but I am sure in a couple of years he will be a top midfielder because he’s strong.”
Rodwell will become the first off-season arrival at City following their English Premier League title triumph and Mancini admits he remains frustrated by the lack of progress in their pursuit of transfer targets, including Arsenal captain Robin van Persie.
“I’m unhappy, it’s normal,” he said.
“Every manager is unhappy if one week from the season (if) they haven’t bought any players, but we are working this week.
“We are looking for other players. I’m waiting at this moment and I think tomorrow we will talk about other players.”
Mancini said defender Micah Richards could miss up to a month due to the ankle injury he suffered playing for Great Britain against South Korea at the London Olympics.
“He has a problem with his ankle, a big problem maybe, and it may be one month out,” he said.
Romanian goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon deputised for regular shot-stopper Joe Hart against Chelsea, but Mancini said the England international was expected to be back in action soon.
“Joe had a problem yesterday with his back but I don’t think it is serious,” he said.