Man City Club Focus – Carlos Tevez refuses to return for disciplinary hearing

Roberto Mancini’s recent attempts to engineer reconcilliation with Carlos Tevez have failed. Talks between the club and player were scheduled to take place on Monday. However, the troubled Argentine forward elected not to appear, deepening his rift with the Premier League leaders.

Tevez’s future at the Etihad Stadium has appeared bleak ever since he refused to warm up at the Allianz Arena during City’s 2-0 Champions league reverse to Bayern Munich. Having spent the summer angling for a transfer away from a city he has never been able to call home, his behaviour since that infamous night in Munich has all the hallmarks of a player attempting to engineer a move away from the club. The patience of his once adoring fans has long since snapped, and with yet another no-show, it seems the club have finally followed suit.

Without the club’s permission, the beleaguered striker used the international break as an opportunity to return to Buenos Aires instead of continuing his isolated training ritual apart from the rest of the squad. The City hierarchy, quite understandably, responded furiously, demanding that he return to Manchester for disciplinary talks; an ultimatum which always resonated more as a futile gesture than any real concerted attempt to force Tevez to return to the city. To compound the issue, neither the club nor the player’s entourage have commented as to when the former Manchester United man will return from Argentina, let alone set a date for a rescheduled meeting. One suspects that the olive branch extended by his spurned manager Roberto Mancini a few weeks ago has been unceremoniously shunned.

Not, of course, that City fans will care. In lieu of last season’s top scorer’s lonesome foraging in attack, the side have adopted a far more polished sheen. Of course, it would be an injustice to claim City’s electric form in front of goal goes hand-in-hand with the ostracised one’s omission from the team. Credit must go to the tactical liberation encouraged by Mancini, and the brilliance of David Silva, Sergio Aguero and company for that. Nevertheless, Tevez’s diminishing desire to remain in Manchester cannot be helped by there seeming to be very few avenues into the first-team for him; injury and unlikely catastrophic loss of form – albeit more possible than one may believe, if Michael Owen’s bizarre predictions are to be believed – notwithstanding.

By remaining in Buenos Aires against Manchester City’s wishes, the former darling of the Etihad Stadium serves to fuel rumours of an imminent Boca Juniors bid. Furthermore, they expose his advisor Kia Joorabchian’s statement that the player and his family are once more settled in England as interest-generating nonsense. Tevez’s love for the club he grew up supporting, and indeed began his professional career with, is widely accepted. Adding fuel to the flames, Boca president Jorge Amaral also less than cryptically emphasised how “important” Tevez is to his boyhood club. Despite the conjecture, only one thing now seems clarified: Carlos Tevez’s future does not lie in Manchester. clarified: Carlos Tevez’s future does not lie in Manchester.

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