Man City Club Focus – Carlos Tevez jets back to Manchester to discuss City future

Carlos Tevez’s future at Manchester City remains in the spotlight as the Argentine international flies back to the city on Wednesday following the completion of his club-imposed two-week suspension. He is scheduled to rejoin teammates who have been noticeably ambivalent on his ban; seeming to exist in a netherworld of praising the talent and on-pitch influence the player undoubtedly possesses, and also accepting the club’s decision to suspend the player.

Indeed, whilst talks with the management staff and the club’s hierarchy are planned, the Sun is even reporting that Tevez is due to return to training on Thursday. It remains far more likely that he will be placed amongst the youngsters or made to train on his own than to rejoin the first team squad in their preparations for Saturday’s match with Aston Villa. His manager Roberto Mancini, after all, has already decreed that he will never wear the sky blue of Manchester City again. To change his decision so quickly, and having given so little indication of doing so, would be a remarkable turn of events indeed.

Yet, unlikely though it is, a reintroduction for Tevez is not beyond the realms of possibility. Alternative explanations on what happened at the Allianz Arena have still to be explored. Although Mancini proclaimed that the tempestuous former Manchester United forward had refused to appear as a substitute in the 2-0 Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich, and Tevez appeared to confirm as such in a subsequent interview given to Sky Sports following the game, his agent’s interpretation of events needs to be investigated.

Kia Joorabchian has since argued that his client did not refuse instructions to prepare to come on in Munich. His interpretation of events insinuates that Tevez has been the victim of a series of misunderstandings so vast as to be somewhat comic. First, there is the allegation that the substitute simply found himself caught up amidst an ongoing argument between Edin Dzeko, infuriated at being substituted, and the club’s backroom staff. Compounding the problems according to the Iranian-born super-agent was a supposedly botched interview in which both questions and answers were misinterpreted to give the wrong impression of events.

In reality, the Manchester City fans have every right to be as sceptical of this argument as they were at Ewood Park. With Tevez suspended, the travelling support at Blackburn Rovers spent the 90 minutes eulogising the decision taken by Mancini to suspend the player, and aired banners expressing their wish never to see Tevez at the City of Manchester Stadium again. With Mario Balotelli, Sergio Aguero and even Edin Dzeko – forgiven for his indiscretions in Munich – in devastating form, the support is less inclined to point to the match-winning influence Carlitos has had over the previous two seasons.

In other words, whilst investigations and discussions must take place, the likely conclusion is that not appearing with the team two goals down is the giant anvil which broke the camel’s back. Rather than negotiate a way back into Mancini’s plans, Tevez will be jetting into Manchester to discuss just how quickly he can take the next flight out. Such a conclusion would, in all probability, be best suited to all parties.

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