Having a famous and successful
father is not always easy in football but Andrea Mancini is not
about to let it get in the way of his ambition to play for Real
Madrid or Barcelona one day.
The 19-year-old son of Manchester City manager Roberto
Mancini, forward Andrea is about to begin his debut season with
Real Valladolid after the Italian realised his options at City
were limited and agreed to join the La Liga club's B team.
"For sure it's not easy having the surname Mancini," Andrea
said on the official La Liga website.
"He is Roberto and I am Andrea, he has already ended his
career and I am starting mine," he added. "If I ended up being
40 percent of the player he was I would be satisfied."
Roberto Mancini's 20-year playing career as a striker
included stints at Serie A sides Bologna, Lazio and Sampdoria
and he made more than 700 domestic and European appearances,
scoring 206 goals.
He won two Serie A titles and six Italian Cups as well as
two UEFA Cups and made 36 appearances for Italy.
Andrea Mancini said it was the dream of every kid, including
him, to play one day for Real or Barca and having Real coach
Jose Mourinho as his boss would be a special privilege.
"I would like to play for him [Mourinho] one day," he said,
adding that City's Italy striker Mario Balotelli had been full
of praise for the Portuguese, who was his coach at Inter Milan.
"Balotelli told me that he is a marvellous coach, that he
has a fantastic personality and way of dealing with the
Valladolid won promotion back to the top flight at the end
of last season and Mancini said his focus was to win a place in
the first team.
"For a lad of 19 the most important thing is to play and
Valladolid have shown throughout their history that they are the
perfect club for young people," he said.
"I have joined the youth side but I want to play for Real
Valladolid in the first division.
"They told me I am starting a very important season and I
should give 110 percent in training."
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