The Daily Star says last month he dropped in on supporters at their local pub the Crown Inn and told them: City will win the Premier League title this season.
He said: "The Premier League is the achievement I'm looking for.
"Winning the title this year is what we have got to focus on - and nothing else.
"I am just concentrating on us winning the Premier League. We are all feeling the same at City, trying to go forward and perform."