Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has insisted the club are still confident of keeping star striker Carlos Tevez at the end of the season.
Tevez, 27, made no secret of his desire to leave the Premier League mid-season, but instead signed a new, improved contract with the club. However, this has not stopped strong and persistent rumours that the player wants either a move back to Argentina, or to Serie A in Italy, with Inter Milan favourites for his signature.
Mancini told Sky Sports: “I never said that Carlos wanted to go to Italy. He has a fabulous contract with us. He’s our captain and is an important player for us. I don’t know if he was saying goodbye after the game on Saturday, you’d have to ask him.
“For me, he stays here. He wants to stay. I’ve spoken with him and he said to me ‘why you say I want to leave?’ I told him I never said that. Never! I believe he wants to stay.”
Tevez has been a crucial part of Man City’s league campaign that has seen them reach a much sought-after Champions League spot this season, scoring 19 goals in 29 appearances.