Everyone wants to join City now: Mancini

Roberto Mancini (AFP photo)

MANCHESTER, England, Jan 4, 2010 (AFP) - Roberto Mancini is confident he will have no trouble attracting more big names to Manchester City -- but the Italian insists transfer deals will have to wait until after Wednesday's League Cup semi-final first leg against Manchester United.

Mancini has been tipped to take Patrick Vieira from his former club Inter Milan on loan until the end of the season and he refused to confirm or deny the speculation on Monday.

"All the players want to join Manchester City," he said. "That is normal with a big club who is going to have a big future.

"People are not only talking about Patrick Vieira, they are also saying (other Inter players) Ivan Cordoba and Cristian Chivu.

"They are all good players but the most important thing for me is the match against Manchester United.

"The other things we can talk about with the club after the derby. We will see then."

Mancini confirmed Brazilian star Robinho and defender Micah Richards should be available to face United but Shaun Wright-Phillips and Roque Santa Cruz are both doubtful while Nedum Onuoha definitely misses out with calf strain.

The absence of Onuoha means 19-year-old Dedryck Boyata is likely to continue in defence after impressing on his debut during the FA Cup third round win at Middlesbrough on Saturday.

Source: AFP

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