Manchester City killed off Russian interest in Roberto Mancini on Monday night by making him the highest-paid manager in the country after agreeing a £37.5million five-year deal.
The 47-year-old, who guided City to last season’s Barclays Premier League title, signed a contract extension worth £7.5m a year.
He overtakes Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, who is on £6m a year, and Sir Alex Ferguson, who earns a £4m basic salary atManchester United.
I wrote a couple of days ago about attempts by Russia to install Mancini as their national-team coach on a lucrative deal raised fears that he could be lured away from the Etihad Stadium. However, City have moved swiftly to secure the Italian’s future.