The questions came up after it was revealed that Mancini had discussed possible moves to alternate clubs at the end of last season.
Following his side's end of season collapse, the Italian held talks with Monaco over a possible transfer. These talks were scrapped following their final season match against Queens Park Rangers where Sergio Aguero delivered the title to the club with a last gasp goal, deep into injury time.
According to the Daily Mail, Mancini conceded: "I was very close with seven or eight teams but I preferred to stay here because I’d worked well for three years."
However, according to Goal.com, Mancini demanded respect from reporters when the subject was later raised:
Why do you keep asking me about last month and last season? Why do you keep asking me about last year?
I stayed here, my work is here. I believe in the future of this team. For 15 years the club won nothing and now we've won the Premier League and FA Cup in two years.
People should have more respect for me and the players at the club.
I come here and I am polite and I answer your questions. Every year I may have one or two situations where I could leave the club but I want to stay here and work here.
City's poor performances in Europe of late have compounded speculation that Mancini may be on his way out of the club.
The Citizens currently sit at the bottom of their group in the Champions League in what can only be described as a dismal showing against Europe's best. However, it would be remiss to simply lament on the fact that City have only recorded a point from their opening three group matches. The reality is, in the both the matches they succumb to defeat to (Real Madrid and Ajax) they held the lead during some point in the match. So is it just a case of nerves and a lack of composure? Rather than a flaw in footballing quality.
Earlier this year, it was suggested (via the Daily Mail) that the Italian himself would walk out on the club after being restricted in the transfer market, although this never came to fruition. In saying that though, Manchester City's starting side was worth one hundred times more (market value of players combined) than the Ajax side that defeated them 3-1.
Manchester City welcome Ajax midweek, and nothing less than a win will suffice if City wish to give themselves any chance of qualification in the elusive round of 16.