Roberto Mancini is the highest paid manager in EPL

Updated: Jul 12, 2012, 09:47 AM IST

London: Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini’s new 37.5 million pound worth contract, which makes him the highest paid boss in England, is also believed to be a victory for the Italian in a host of power battles going at the Etihad.

Talks over the new five-year deal between Mancini and the City officials had begun two months ago, but the sticking points were not about money, but about giving the Italian more authority.

Mancini wanted assurances over his control of certain aspects at the club as he aims to push it forward to further success.

The former Inter Milan manager wanted more direct control over transfers and also requested a reorganization of the medical department, as he has been at loggerheads with club chiefs about how that side of the operation at Carrington has been run for some time.

Mancini was furious last season when top-scorer Sergio Aguero missed key games against Stoke and Sunderland after his foot was burnt by a spray applied by one of the backroom staff.

Mancini has also stood firm this summer over plans for the club’s pre-season tour. City officials were hoping to have a longer tour of Asia to help boost City’s global appeal.

But Mancini insisted on a short six-day trip and just two games.

There was some disquiet within the Etihad over the timing of an offer from the Russian FA for Mancini to become boss.