In an interview with Corriere dello Sport, Mancini said: "Immediately after we won the championship, I thought that three transfers were important.
"Van Persie? Everyone knew, it was not a mystery. We had an agreement and he knew he would be the man who made a difference.
"But we did not move, as we didn't move for Daniele de Rossi and Eden Hazard, purchases I said would win titles. It is no coincidence that the title was won by the team that took van Persie."