Man City boss Mancini believes in Robinho

Roberto Mancini is determined to keep hold of Robinho at Manchester City.

Roberto Mancini is determined to keep hold of Robinho at Manchester City.

The Italian is determined to discover if the £32.5million Samba superstar has the desire to fire Manchester City all the way to the Champions League.

A source close to Mancini told The Sun: "Roberto wants a meeting with Robinho because his desire is to convert Robinho into City's new leader.

"It never quite worked under Hughes but Roberto is a great admirer of Robinho and thinks he could be so influential, notwithstanding who else arrives in January.

"He expects to buy two new midfielders and two defenders - but no attackers. The weakness is in defence, not attack."