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Carlos Tevez to stay at Manchester City after 'clear the air' talks

20 Dec 2010 19:54:24

| Submit Comments| Comments (88)| Printable Version1/1Play SlideshowClose MapCarlos Tevez sensationally withdrew his transfer request on Monday eveningĀ - and retained his role as Manchester City captain. Over a week after it became known that the Argentinian wanted to leave the Blues, and a series of statements from Tevez and his camp insisting it was no empty gesture, the striker made his peace. Beyond a simple four-paragraph statement, there was precious little information from either side about what had caused such a dramatic change of heart. Although it does have echoes of the Wayne Rooney saga at Manchester United, there was always the feeling in that instance that the striker would remain at Old Trafford. This time, relations between the two parties - and in particular between City chief executive Garry Cook and Tevez's trusted advisor Kia Joorabchian - had broken down completely. Throw in the added complication of the forward desperately missing his two young daughters who are now back home in Argentina, and a compromise seemed impossible. Yet one was thrashed out at talks yesterday that are believed to have involved both Cook and Joorabchian. "Manchester City can confirm to its fans that 'clear-the-air' talks have been held with Carlos Tevez," the club statement read. "During the meeting Carlos expressed his absolute commitment to the club and formally withdrew his transfer request. "Carlos' contract remains unchanged and both Carlos and the football club are keen to focus on the opportunities that lie ahead." The truce which now exists suits all sides and will be welcomed by Mancini, who was ready to strip Tevez of the captaincy but knew replacing his 10-goal forward halfway through the season would have been impossible. Now he does not have to and, with Tevez at full throttle, he can believe that a place at the top of the Premier League could still be theirs at the end of the season. Mancini said: "Carlos is a world-class player whose contribution since he joined the club has been invaluable. "I am pleased that we are now able to focus on pure football matters and to be able to look forward to Carlos continuing to play a significant role in the club's progress." Speaking to Sky Sports 1 before tonight's game against Everton, Mancini added: "I am happy that we finish this and Carlo stays, it's very important for everyone." Asked if it was a big decision to keep Tevez as captain, Mancini said: "No, absolutely not, it was easy." What do you think? Have your say.


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