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City chairman Khaldoon al Mubarak key to Tevez resolution

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21 Dec 2010 10:15:40

| Submit Comments| Comments (53)| Printable Version1/1Play SlideshowClose MapKhaldoon al Mubarak and Garry Cook at the Everton gameKhaldoon al Mubarak was City?s trump card in their successful bid to keep Carlos Tevez at Eastlands. The Blues chairman was personally involved in the ?clear the air? talks that persuaded the Argentinian striker to make his dramatic u-turn just days after insisting he wanted out and  declaring his relationship with some executives at City were ?beyond repair?. In fact, the Argentinian?s frustrations were resolved so amicably that he even kept the captaincy for the game against Everton. Comparisons will inevitably be drawn with the Wayne Rooney saga across town ? but the significant difference, as pointed out by City, is that Tevez has agreed to stay without an improved contract offer. The options open to Kia Joorabchian, Tevez?s adviser, were narrowed by the fact that no club had made a move for the striker since he made his transfer request. It means Tevez will remain on wages of £230,000 a week. More importantly, he remains a City player. It was very much a team effort on the part of City?s hierarchy when they sat down with Tevez to discuss his future. But the persuasive words of the chairman, who flew in from Abu Dhabi to meet Tevez and take in the Everton game, did much to influence a change of heart. Tevez?s road this season had been a rocky one even before his transfer request became public news the weekend before last. He had spoken of being weary and disillusioned with football after a gruelling schedule which took in a World Cup in South Africa with Argentina. Mancini showed great understanding, allowing Tevez time off to visit his children in Buenos Aires and to take a short break in Tenerife while he served a one-match ban earlier this month. The Argentinian has proved time and again this season that he is not the easiest talent to handle. But the lengths City have gone to keep him suggest they feel he is worth it. What do you think? Have your say.| Submit Comments| Comments (53)| Printable VersionAdd A CommentEnter your comments:Sending


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