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Son of Manchester City coach Mancini set for new career in Spain

Published on Jul 31, 2012 7:47 PM

MADRID (REUTERS) - 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 per cent 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.

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