Mancini has admitted Adebayor may have to settle for long spells on the bench if he wishes to stay at City.
"Sometimes it is possible that you have a situation like this - you have good players but he wants to play always. This is difficult in a top team," Mancini said.
"When you have three or four strong strikers you need to change.
"If you have one striker who needs to play always it is not easy."