"He knows the position and it is important that when he plays he plays well," said Mancini.
"It is because of that kind of professionalism that I say we want to find another Patrick. He has won everything and is a good player, but it's not easy for a player like him to play a lot because of his body.
"He is 34 now and the time goes for everyone. Time passes for all players. If we find a player like Patrick for our future it would be fantastic as he was one of the best midfielders in the world for a long time."