Manchester City winger, Shaun Wright-Phillips has accepted that he is likely to move on in the summer, after almost leaving the club in January.
With both Fulham and Bolton lined up to sing the England international, Adam Johnsons ankle injury struck, leaving Mancini desperately short of cover, and Wright-Phillips had to stay.
Wright-Phillips, who left boyhood City for Chelsea, only to not get first team football and return two years later, has been left out in the cold since Mancini’s arrival, and only since Johnsons injury has the player found himself in the first team.
Wright Phillips started against Aris Salonika on Tuesday nights 0-0 draw, but still can’t see much of a future at City beyond the summer.
“To be quite honest, I’m here for three months and my heart is set on playing well for that period until the end of the season.
“Until the season is over, there’s nothing much I can really say on the matter. I’m playing for City and that’s the main thing.
“I don’t do too much talking, I let my feet do that for me and that’s what I plan on doing. I never think short-term or long-term.
“I don’t feel I can do a job for the club, I know I can do a job for the club. And there’s a big difference between feeling and knowing. I know what I’m capable of, so it’s just a question of whether the club want me or not.
“I’m never encouraged by another player’s misfortune. Adam is a good friend, so I’m disheartened he’s injured – for club and country – I’m just concentrating on playing well myself and working hard in training, as I’ve done before. That’s the main thing.
“There should be opportunities to play, because we’re involved in two cup competitions and going well in the league.”