Mancini sorry if Johnson goes

  • Last Updated: August 20 2012, 7:17 BST

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has admitted he would be sorry if Adam Johnson decides to quit the club.

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Despite starting England's midweek win over Italy, Johnson did not even make the bench for City's 3-2 comeback triumph against Southampton on Sunday.

Mancini revealed afterwards the decision had been taken because Johnson is eager to find another club where he would have more first-team opportunities.

The Blues boss revealed there are "two or three options" and did not entirely dismiss the possibility of a loan move.

However, unlike the likes of Emmanuel Adebayor, who he has told will not figure in his plans, Mancini would be happy if Johnson remained with City after the August 31 transfer deadline.

"Adam can have a future here but you should also understand when you are 23 or 24 years old, you want to play," said Mancini.

"If you are at a top team, you can't always do that, so I agree, if he wants to, he has to leave.

"But if that happens I will be so sorry because Adam is a good guy. He is a different player to the other strikers and wingers and maybe he could be important for us."