Carlos Tevez may yet have a future with Manchester City. However, the Argentine forward must be willing to apologise to both manager and teammates for refusing to warm up as substitute in the 2-0 Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich before an olive branch can be extended. In a candid interview given to Italian newspaper Corriere
At the same time, the former Inter Coach was at his clearest yet that City will otherwise be willing to negotiate a deal which will see last season’s top scorer leave the Etihad Stadium; a comment which is likely to put potential suitors on red alert. With Tevez reportedly so unhappy at receiving a record four-week fine from the club he is prepared to sue his manager for ‘defamation of character’, it remains unlikely that a truce can be reached.
“Everything depends on Carlos. If he apologises to the squad and to me then everything will be as before. If not then Tevez has a value that everyone knows and something will happen in January,” Mancini said.
“He is totally unprepared and being badly advised. I don’t want it to be like this and would be the first to forgive him.”
Mancini is perhaps willing to forgive Tevez for his indiscretion because of the insidious influence of his agent, Kia Joorabchian. Whatever furore the player has been involved in since arriving on these shores with a controversial transfer to West Ham in 2006 – ranging from not being legally registered as a West Ham player during his season at the club through to his persistent agitating for a transfer away from the Etihad Stadium – Joorabchian’s presence has been manifest.
Indeed, in spite of Mancini’s apparent thawing towards the former Manchester United man, the Iranian businessman continues to exacerbate the rift by speaking to the contrary. Quoted in the Guardian, he blithely ignored any attempt to reconcile, instead choosing to tout his client to potential Premier League suitors.
“His family are now living in England, so he’s quite happy and settled,” he said, aiming his remarks at any nearby Premier League chairmen. Quite how a woman so desperately unhappy in this country she was prepared to break up her family to move closer to home has had a sudden change of heart was conveniently left unexplained. Quite who has the money to tempt Tevez to remain in England is even more of a mystery.
Joorabchian’s influence seems set to widen the chasm between Tevez and the club. Whether the agent’s interests are even reflective of his client’s – who, lest we forget, spent the summer angling for a transfer to be closer to his family – is cause for another debate altogether. What remains certain is that Mancini will not entertain the prospect of calling upon Tevez as City travel to Villarreal looking to build on their defeat of Los Submarino Amarillos two weeks ago. The fate of their Champions League hopes lie on the shoulders of Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Mario Balotelli instead. Make no mistake, these are problems the envy of every other Premier League club.
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