Mancini insists Ireland has Man City future

Ireland has suffered by a lack of action this season under Mancini.

Mancini said: “I have a lot of respect for Stephen Ireland because he is a good player.

“In the week of the Chelsea game he had an injury. But now he has recovered and is ready to play.

“I have a number of options in midfield and Stephen is an important player for us.”

Ireland has been linked with Manchester United and Everton in recent weeks.