Roberto Mancini set for crunch talks with rebel Carlos Tevez - EXCLUSIVE

14 December 2010 10:01
Roberto Mancini will launch an attempt to keep Carlos Tevez at Manchester City at a training-ground meeting on Friday.

Tevez, who has asked for a transfer, is expected back at City on Tuesday after returning from a four-day break in Tenerife on Monday night.

He will be asked to train with a group of reserve players as Mancini's first-team squad are not due in until Wednesday.

Crunch talks: Roberto Mancini plans to meet Carlos Tevez on Friday in his attempt to stop the striker walking out on Manchester City

The 26-year-old is not in the provisional squad of fringe players selected for the trip to Juventus for Thursday's Europa League dead rubber. Instead Tevez is scheduled to meet City boss Mancini - who is already in Italy - at Carrington when they return at the end of the week.

High on the agenda will be the issue of the club captaincy.

        HAVE YOUR SAY.     Who do you blame over Tevez's fight to quit Manchester City? Carlos Tevez has rocked Manchester City by handing in a transfer request at Eastlands. The striker claims he is homesick and that he has fallen out with City chiefs, while the club insist they have done everything to help their captain. So, who do you think is at fault for the dramatic developments? TELL US WHAT YOU THINK Mancini is considering taking it off him but will not make the decision until after he has spoken to the starstriker about his exact reasons for wanting to leave. Mancini has been left bemused by Tevez's decision and wants the Argentina international to explain it.

Like many other City senior officials, the Italian believes Tevez's move has been driven in part by his adviser, Kia Joorabchian, something the player has already denied.

At Eastlands, the row over Tevez's future deepened further on Monday with City sources indicating that the club will sue if he walks away or pursue him through the courts for breach of contract if he simply decides not to play.

City also claim to have damning emailevidence showing how Joorabchian asked for a contract extension for hisclient just a few weeks ago. This is denied by the Tevez camp.

But if Tevez does manage to engineer amove from City then Chelsea's Florent Malouda believes it will spell the end of their title ambitions this season.

He said: 'Tevez is like Didier Drogbafor us. You definitely need players like that in order to win titles.

'Every time he plays against us he isfantastic so I think City will be happy if they keep him.

'You have to try and keep calm when you hear this news. You never know what could happen.

'It happened (a change of heart) withWayne Rooney didn't it?'

Key man: Chelsea's Florent Malouda believes Tevez is Manchester City's answer to Didier Drogba and their title chances will be over if he leaves

With City officials scornful of the statement from Tevez that was released by his PR team on Sunday night there is no sign of this stand-off ending as Rooney's did at Manchester United. Rooney signed a new deal just two days after admitting he wantedto leave.

City's team in Turin will be almost identical to that which beat Red Bull Salzburg recently, though Italian striker Mario Balotelli will not travel for fear of the unsavoury attention he may receive from Juventus fans.

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